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  • Raptor Riddle 2?

    I clearly underestimated the ID skills out there so here's a potentially more challenging subject captured in Europe.

    What's this species please?
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    RaptorBirder


    'Raptors - sentinels for our future on planet Earth'.

  • #2
    a quick guess hen harrier
    regards darrell j prest

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    • #3
      I think I'd be inclined to go for Hen Harrier as well.

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      • #4
        What on earth is it doing? Has it just dropped its prey or did it chase it in to the water? I guess I'd go for harrier. Interesting shot.
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        • #5
          i'll be different and go for peregrine?
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          cheers
          steve

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          • #6
            I'll go with Hen Harrier.
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            • #7
              well what is it please?
              regards darrell j prest

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              • #8
                Hi Darrell

                Sorry to keep you in suspense but there haven't been any correct answers yet!

                RaptorBirder


                'Raptors - sentinels for our future on planet Earth'.

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                • #9
                  Really??! Ok, I'm looking at it again and now I think I can see facial disc, so perhaps an owl (although I can see why everyone went for harrier because tail looks long) - Short-eared?
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                  • #10
                    Judging by the large size, amount of barring on the primaries, the long rounded tail, and scalloping on the back, I'd say a 1st-year female Northern Goshawk.

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                    • #11
                      must admit i thought goshawk but the tail looks to long from experience of the bird,though i'm usually wrong anyway!!!!
                      regards darrell j prest

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                      • #12
                        To be different, I'll go with Kestrel, although instict says otherwise.
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                        • #13
                          I think the only one it could be is a Goshawk, though do we know where it was taken?

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                          • #14
                            Raptor Riddle 2 - The solution!

                            Well done Graham for breaking the deadlock!

                            And for such a specific and accurate identification too.

                            I've added another image which shows the very ambitious juvenile female Goshawk in a more typical pose, apparently trying her luck at one of the Greylags.

                            I believe the second image was actually captured just before original the Raptor Riddle 2 shot, which explains the water splash that Andy was intrigued by.

                            I think this case illustrates just how still images can sometimes capture raptors in unusual poses which can then lead to incorrect identifications.

                            Thanks to all who had a go!

                            RaptorBirder

                            PS. Images captured by Esa Ervasti (Finland).
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                            Last edited by RaptorBirder; December 9th, 2007, 10:41 AM.

                            RaptorBirder


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                            • #15
                              Indeed I think its a 1st y A.gentilis female...
                              Last edited by macrourus; September 2nd, 2011, 01:44 PM.

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