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ID Help - United Arab Emirates - Dubai (1 Viewer)

Any help with identifying these species would be very much appreciated. I have numbered them so it makes it easier to discuss. I have also written what I think each species might be as well as the date the image was captured (DD/MM/YY)


1) Buzzard (20/03/18)

2) Common Snipe (23/11/15)

3) Desert Wheatear (13/04/10)

4) Eagle (14/04/21)

5) Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (04/05/17)

6) Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (12/04/16)

7) Harrier (10/10/09)

8) Isabelline Wheatear (19/02/17)

9) Isabelline Wheatear (20/11/20)

10) Isabelline Wheatear (25/01/17)

11) Little Stint (30/11/11)

12) Northern Pintail (24/11/14)

13) Northern Pintail (24/11/14)

14) Northern Pintail (24/11/14)

15) Northern Pintail (24/11/14)

16) Northern Pintail (24/11/14)

17) Northern Pintail (24/11/14)

18) Northern Pintail (24/11/14)

19) Northern Wheatear (07/04/09)

20) Persian Wheatear (05/11/17)



Thank you in advance and I look forward to your replies.
 

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Gladiator96

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I'll have a go but best wait for other opinions from birders with more experience in the region.

1) Long-legged Buzzard
2) agree
4) probably Greater Spotted Eagle
6) wheatear sp (not an EOW)
7) Montagu's Harrier
8) agree
9) Desert Wheatear (female)
10) Desert Wheatear (female)
11) Temminck's Stint
12-18) agree
19) not a Northern...Pied?
 

andyb39

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Could no. 3 be a 1st-winter male Siberian Stonechat? Mantle looks unstreaked but I'm not seeing Desert or Pied Wheatear here. Do you have any more images?

I agree no. 6 is a Wheatear, probably Isabelline.

Why not Pallid Harrier for no. 7? Pattern on secondaries perhaps better for Pallid, no dark tips to inner primaries, hint of a "boomerang" at the base of the primaries, extensive dark rear border to cheek better for Pallid? Any more images?

No. 19 is Pied Wheatear for sure, and no. 20 is definitely Red-tailed/Persian.
 

CARERY

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Too many Pictures in one threat are making it unlikely to get many responses. At least I was a little hesitant. But now with some time I'll give it a go. I agree with most IDs still It's easier for me to just name each number again...

1) LL Buzzard
2) Snipe sp.
3) (Desert) Wheatear - somehow I can't see a Siberian Stonechat here
4) GS Eagle
5) probably EO Warbler
6) Wheatear sp.
7) Pallid Harrier - additional to the features Andy mentioned note the rather solidly brown inner underwing coverts
8) Isabelline Wheatear
9-10) Desert Wheatear
11) Temminck's Stint - note greenish not black legs
12-14) Northern Pintail
15) Eurasian Teal - according to upperwing pattern 2 males, 1 female
16) Eurasian Teal - not long-necked and long-billed enough for Pintail
17-18) Northern Pintail
19) Pied Wheatear
20) one of those red-tailed Wheatears I have no clue of
 

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