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Observed: 2nd March 2013 By: DavidHowdon
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0119 Milvus milvus (Linnaeus) (Red Kite) - Hedgerley Landfill, Buckinghamshire (VC 24), 2nd March 2013
0119 Milvus milvus (Linnaeus) (Red Kite) - Hedgerley Landfill, Buckinghamshire (VC 24), 2nd March 2013
Description:

Wouldn't normally upload a fairly standard picture of a Red Kite. When reviewing these pictures I noticed a white mark on the 'chin' of this kite. Wonder if it is two leucistic feathers, or something else. Any thoughts?

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White

Or has it lost a few feathers, revealing the white feather bases below?

Ian
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Better

That is probably a better explanation, unfortunately I was concentrating on taking the pictures and scanning the gulls for an Iceland so didn't observe the feature in the field.

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Ordinary Snaps

David

If this is "a fairly standard picture of a Red Kite", I for one, would be quite happy for more of the same - white chin or no white chin.

Bill

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iSpot purpose

I try to avoid using iSpot just to show off those of my pictures I think look good (there are loads of photography websites for that) so would generally only upload stuff here if I need help with identification; the picture shows ID features not well illustrated elsewhere on the site; or, as here, there is something else of interest about the picture.

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Another purpose

David

Point well made.

However, at the other end of the expertise spectrum there are those of us who use this site as means of improving our ID skills. If for only that reason, then plenty of in-focus and well lit shots are to be welcomed.

I have found this site invaluable and I am grateful to those, yourself included, who have taken the time to upload photos and make comments.

To those more expert than me, that's almost everyone, it might seem a waste of bandwidth to see endless parades of robins, blackbirds and chaffinches here. However, I can assure you that by being exposed to such common birds over time has given me the experience and confidence to improve.

Now when I go into a hide with my camera and telescope, I don't feel such an idiot. Sometimes I can even help the casual visitor identify some of the birds.

My progress from knowing absolutely nothing to knowing almost nothing in such a short time is largely down to my daily visits to ISpot.

Thank you.

Bill

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I suspect

for improving ID skills lots of out of focus, distant and badly lit shots are more useful. That's how the birds tend to be in the wild.

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Sorry

Bill

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