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An eagle?

Observed: 16th May 2011 By: jhn7
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According to 'A birdwatching guide to Crete' (Coghlan) Buzzards are thinly distributed, Golden Eagles are possibly increasing and Booted eagles are resident, all could be seen in this location. This bird has white patches under the wing tips but no white - black tail band so probably not a Golden Eagle. It seemed big for a buzzard but does not look like any pictures in Collins - Help!

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not booted

I think the dark and white parts underneath are the wrong way around for booted. Golden Eagle is a possibility. I will have to check my ID guides when I get home.

John Griffiths.

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Internet Bird Collection

In the meantime, here is a good online resource for birds http://ibc.lynxeds.com/

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There are many possibilities, on Crete.

The wrong jizz for a Golden eagle, as wings are too short. Booted Eagle is about the same size as a Buzzard, but lacks the dark tail band and has a dark bar on underwing all along the middle. Bonelli's Eagles can be seen in the gorges of Crete, but this is not one. The fingers formed by the primary feathers are relatively short on this bird, more buzzard-like than eagle-like.

Buzzards are seen commonly across Crete, often in numbers together. Honey Buzzard is possible, though not common on Crete, I believe. Long-legged Buzzards are occasionally seen, too.

I am pretty sure that this is just a Common Buzzard.

Are they definitely all the same bird?


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As far as I could tell!

Swapping between binoculars and camera I could easily have mistracked this bird, there were several about! Thanks for your helpful ID, the only times I was sure I'd seen vultures or eagles (rising on thermals mid morning) we were driving and unable to stop. Missed opportunities!

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I'll bookmark your useful link John. There were several birds of prey around but they were either high or too far away to get a good focus so I could only get silhouettes. It was very frustrating!

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Common buzzard

Having looked through "The RAPTORS of Europe and The Middle East (A Handbook of Field Identification) by Dick Forsman, I can say that Common buzzard is the most likely candidate.


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Oh well!

I can often see buzzards from my computer room window so I'll admit I'm a bit disappointed but not surprised! Thank you.

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