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    Hi Brian,
    a friend has sent me a good but difficult pic of a small Accipiter stunned after flying in to a window near Beijing. My own thought is possibly Besra. I don't yet have his permission to group post it so can I send it to you for intitial feedback? Cheers, Andy
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    The Sheppey bird also shows an extensive cream breast band, apparently
    extending onto the neck. While second calendar-year female WMH can
    show this feature... the apparent extension onto the neck is suggestive of EMH...
    extensive cream on the forewing coverts striking. Intriguingly hints of pale tips to the greater coverts; while
    juv WMH show this, older females do not, whereas it is
    routine on juv EMH. vaguest hint of pale feathering
    on the rump (pro-EMH).

    photos err towards WMH. There is a dark 'mask'
    behind the eye on the ear coverts = more likely on WMH.
    However, ... appears to show a cream
    demarcation between eye mask and dark neck (pro-EMH). I cannot determine whether eye mask extends onto lores (pro-WMH)

    I keep coming back to those underprimaries!

    Grateful for any advice you guys can give. Feel free to forward the
    email more widely

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    Hi Brian

    I am forwarding a short version of an email sent to friends today regarding a marsh harrier showing features of eastern, at sheppey, kent, on thurs. It might be better to email me rather than message me. I am lowen.james at gmail. I've posted photos at

    if you have any thoughts, i'd love to hear them!


    Will send in two parts due to text length restrictions

    The most striking feature of the Sheppey bird is the extensive whitish
    bases to the underprimaries, which contrast with dark secondaries and
    restricted black primary tips. Judging from Robson, Fergusson-Lees,
    and Brazil, this is a classic feature of juv EMH. I have not been able
    to find a single photo of female/juv western marsh harrier (WMH) on
    the web with such pale underprimaries and such restricted black
    primary tips.
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    Hi Brian

    If it doesn't go against your principles, any chance you could photograph the paper you mention and send it in jpegs?

    We are trying to assess a couple of Black-headed Bunting submissions here (in Malaysia) and I am short of up-to-date id criteria.

    If that's acceptable to you, please send to:


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    Hi Brian, did you get my message about the acro....

    what do you reckon?
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    Hi Brian

    Will give you a heads up on the 1st bird, truth is I'm not sure. It was photographed on 24th October 2006 on Lundy. I.e. way past the date that its 'safe' to claim autumn Marsh. At the time I capitulated but I still think it was one so I'm going to write something up.....

    images at: but I've started to flesh it out with some words....

    what do you reckon?
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