Might it be a Black Kite?

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Might it be a Black Kite?

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Pic taken on the Tajo River shore in Spain yesterday at the crack of dawn. Thanks in advance..

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  • I would definitely be inclined towards Booted Eagle.

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  • Lightened up a bit for you to help someone decide

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  • It is still not easy to tell but to me it seems to have lighter colouring on the head maybe more like a Red Kite than a Black

  • Thanks Pete, great hearing from you again

  • I don't know anything about Spain, but I can't make this into any type of kite. Outline is more buzzard, but could well be something else.

  • Hi-

    I haven't ruled out Booted Eagle yet - still thinking;

    S

  • Interesting call Seymour it does have that sort of stance.

  • I would definitely be inclined towards Booted Eagle.

  • Lightened up, it looks like a Red Kite Milvus Milvus

  • So Roy, you've had your answer verified by Charlotte. I've no idea how well up she is on Booted Eagles but why should you disagree. However, a Red Kite has also been suggested. Discuss!

  • A Red Kite has a distinct all grey head & V in tail. I'd agree with Roy (& Charlotte). The pale cap & flat head, dark tail...looks good to me (but I'm no expert).

  • Following the discussion, i have attached this picture showing a Booted Eagle which was photographied a few metres away from the original pic. I think its silhoutte isnt so slim as the first one is...

  • Interesting David, that one looks like it is ringed.

  • TeeJay
    So Roy, you've had your answer verified by Charlotte. I've no idea how well up she is on Booted Eagles but why should you disagree. However, a Red Kite has also been suggested. Discuss!

    As a general rule, I disagree with any verification of answers, although I can see that it can have some use (a) for the person who originally posted a question to indicate that they are satisfied with the answer(s) given, or (b) to show that a question has been answered to save those with limited time from needing to click on a question before finding out that nothing further needs to be added (this should only apply when there is absolutely no doubt about the answer).

    in this case, I believe that either kite species can be ruled out because both would be expected to show a forked tail (the tail is closed but there is no sign of any fork). The apparent bulk of any bird can be altered by the way they are holding their feathers, and I consider both the bulk and plumage characters of this individual to be within the range I'd expect for Booted Eagle.

    Am I correct? Well, obviously I think that I am - but it's not an easy photo to make an identification from, so I might be wrong (I'm open to anyone convincing me!).   

  • Hi-

    I'm with Roy but I'll add that the bird just doesn't show a long enough tail for RK or BK  and the wing / scap pattern looks typical Booted - so unless anyone can convince me otherwise ..........

    :)

    S

  • That's what I like about the forum we can all put our thoughts down without a lot of falling out as in some forums I'd love to get a true decision on it though.