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Saker Falcon? Iran (1 Viewer)

ehsan

Ehsan Talebi
I'm posting this on behalf of a friend.
It was recorded on August 7 in the north-west of Iran.

It would be great to have your opinion on this falcon. Is it a 2cy bird?

Thank you in advance
 

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KenM

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Am no expert, but it looks very much like a Saker Falcon ehsan, the detached moustachial does support imo, as to ageing am unsure, perhaps a sub-adult might be a consideration?

Cheers
 

wolfbirder

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I am no real expert only having seen them in Hungary, but it certainly looks like ajuvenile to me with atypical heavy breast streaking. Not sure how this develops in 2CY birds.
 

Deb Burhinus

Used to be well known! 😎
Europe
I am no real expert only having seen them in Hungary, but it certainly looks like ajuvenile to me with atypical heavy breast streaking. Not sure how this develops in 2CY birds.

I was just coming back to have another look at this having checked in my available literature. The bluish foot colour (and cere) apparently can be retained for a year maybe more so perhaps not a reliable aging criteria. It can be difficult to age these birds as the OP indicated. In the last image #5 - the outer primary looks juvenile (pointed and brown) while the adjacent ones look fresh and more rounded - I don’t know enough about Sakers/moult/ to really know this significance but in other falcons I think at this time of year, it might indicate a 2cy.
 

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