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Identification Help - Raptors

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by arks » Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:05 am

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by roaneric » Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:01 pm

Hi everyone

I'm a bit confused about these two. Please advise

How do I tell the difference between a Tawny and a lesser spotted eagle. Is this a Tawny?
lesser spotted eagle or tawney.JPG


And this one confuse me. It looks like a hooded vulture but his face is black???
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Unread post by DotDan » Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:24 pm

Yes it is a Tawny.

Some factors you can see here is the robust bill, the variation in colour all over whereas LSE is a more uniform colour

Example of a Tawny like yours.
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by DotDan » Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:30 pm

Here is a Lesser Spotted Eagle (which I have to add, I did ID wrong at the time thinking it might be a Wahlberg's. :roll: )

Seeing as we get most of the juveniles in our region this is more what you can expect to see in a Lesser Spotted Eagle. Note the much weaker bill compared to Tawny
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They are more uniform brown, with the white spots visible (this shouldn't be used as an ID feature on all LSE's though because you will get some adults in our region and that will throw you way off. Then it is best to look for the stove pipe leggings, eye colour, nostril shape etc.)

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by DotDan » Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:33 pm

Also for interest sake, take a look at the nostril shape of your Tawny and notice how it is more a long ovalish shape where the LSE has smaller circle like nostril.

Difficult to see this in the field, but nice to look for when you are going through photos.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by roaneric » Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:49 pm

Thanks so much Dotdan :gflower:

I will also look at the nostrils now.

I think this one is a Wahlberg's but now I'm wondering if I'm correct???
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