Too much to read too long all running into one long paragraph, sorry
Yes. Sorry about that Jeremy. I've had formatting issues on these forums for quite a while. But I can't see how a description of a bird we had never seen before can be shorter. In fact, it was too short for the rarities committee (i.e. not enough detail). There we go.
I wonder if it may be a juvenile of "something" which would give you the white band across the upper side from body to wing tip as these feathers are usually white tipped in juvs. Sorry not much more help.
Not at all Noisette. That's very helpful, thank you. We had opted for a juvenile Spanish Imperial Eagle, which was close the top of the list for the Spanish rarities committee too. But we were just 20 minutes from the south coast, and thought that bird would be both rare, and way out of its usual range...
Well I read it right through and found it quite interesting. Re the paragraph problem. You should just be able to hit the "Enter" key to start a new paragraph. I don't know why that wouldn't work unless there's something quirky about keyboards in Switzerland.
If the Spanish rarities committee can't ID the bird for you I'm not sure anyone here is going to be able to help.
About the only eagle you haven't mentioned is Bonelli's Eagle. They are resident in Spain but quite scarce and I'm not sure it has any of the characteristics you describe. I've only seen one once in Extremadura so I'm no expert.
You've probably seen more Booted Eagles than I have but are you sure it wasn't one. Mostly when we see them it's from beneath and they are fairly easy to identify. However, when viewed from above they can look very different. I did a search on Flickr and found this IMAGE (not mine)
It seems to have some of the features you observed including the white line across the wing and the banding and even a bit of a white rump. Probably off the mark but just a thought.
One of these days you'll probably give us an easier challenge.
Hi TeeJay, nice to hear from you.
I can write
Hello Dave from me up at the very very top of Scotland, in the county of Caithness. The last county at the top in Scotland. Sorry I have no info regarding the bird, but I am glad you are sorted and
Enjoy being on here, any photos would be lovely to see.
Thank you Catlady. I found that if I type my answer and then select 'Use rich formatting', it 'paragraphs itself', even if I still can't apply italics, bold, etc.
Long way away.
No photo reflex yet (although we have started to record things we haven't heard before).