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Long Legged Buzzard? - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (1 Viewer)

JSmolders

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Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Akaki River Valley in Qore
Time: March 1, 2019 - Late morning (seen several times between about 9-11am
Environment/behaviour: mostly circling/soaring above the river valley (which has extensive forest, some farm plots, but no major human development).

I've uploaded four photos which I think look good for the Long-Legged Buzzard (possibly a pale morph?), but I thought I'd get some advice since buzzards and eagles are not my forté.

Photo 1: Good view of the head and legs. I'm wondering about the size of the gape... does that fit the LL Buzzard?
Photo 2: underexposed flight shot. To the naked eye the underside appeared much much more white/gray than this shot shows.
Photo 3: a better shot of the vent and legs.
Photo 4: upped exposure and saturation for photo 2, shows the carpal patches.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.
 

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these must be 2 different birds, sitting one with fox red trousers and flanks and a much paler flying bird with carpal commas, both look good for Steppe Buzzard
 
Hi Tom

They are definitely the same bird. I took the flight shots and then watched the bird land in the tree and took the perched shots. I agree though that the rufous does not show up well in fight, which is why I was thinking pale morph.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the Steppe/Common Buzzard doesn't have a clean, white vent like my photos show, correct?
 
Hi Tom

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the Steppe/Common Buzzard doesn't have a clean, white vent like my photos show, correct?

yes, they can, other features typical for Steppe/Common are carpal patch and white medium underwing coverts (pale bar), small bill
 
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