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latchley



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:53 am    Post subject: Strange Bird of prey in East Cornwall Reply with quote


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Can anyone help with an ID on these photos - Its been a weekly visitor to farmland in East Cornwall in the Tamar Valley for the last six weeks.
Its the size of a large fat Buzzard and has very yellow talons and cere. Picture quality is poor as I cant get near enough and the weather is dull today.
A local falconer has suggested a lost Ferruginous buzzard from a falconer - Gyr falcon has also been suggested.

Any ideas let me know

Latchley
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Karwin



Joined: 24 Mar 2005
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Location: 61N25E

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

By body shape it is not Falco, it is a Buteo. Might be B. regalis from a falconry as You proposed, but it can also be B. buteo (common buzzard) or lagopus (rough-legged buzzard) with abnormal colour. Sharper photo would cast light on this problem. Are there any stripes visible in the tail?
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latchley



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Karwin
A pale phase common or Juvenile Honey Buzzard has been suggested elsewhere.

On a previous sighting I did notice bars on its tail
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Karwin



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

latchley wrote:
A pale phase common or Juvenile Honey Buzzard has been suggested elsewhere.
Oh yes, Pernis apivorus also fits in the shape.
latchley wrote:
On a previous sighting I did notice bars on its tail
Ferruginous hawk has no bars on tail, but all European buzzards have.
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Kit



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might send the photo and the ID notes to the BTO, Latchley, as they're currently conducting an Abnormal Plumage survey:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/plumagesurvey?dm_i=NXK,NBLZ,3JRKR2,1VWUE,1

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latchley



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will do Kitty
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Snowy



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Kit & thanks for the info about the survey, I have just completed it for the Male Blackbird that visits our garden he's a be more timid than the others.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awww, he's lovely!
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