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Eagle identification help (Europe)

Eagle identification help (Europe)


Postby Pointless Parasite » Sun Jun 13, 2021 2:50 pm

I saw a fairly large eagle-like bird in the Alps yesterday but unfortunately this is the best photo I could manage:

Mystery bird 1.jpg


Any ideas what it is? My best guess is a golden eagle, but I've not seen one with such distinctive white markings.
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Re: Eagle identification help (Europe)

Postby Skyelines » Sun Jun 13, 2021 3:52 pm

Juvenile Golden Eagles have white patches on tail and wings though not uniform on all birds.

Have a look at this https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/goleag/cur/appearance there's a video down the page of a juvenile on migration showing white wing patches. Although this is from USA may also apply to European variety.

There are other eagle species in Europe.
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Re: Eagle identification help (Europe)

Postby Pointless Parasite » Sun Jun 13, 2021 4:56 pm

Thanks Skyelines, the video matches what I saw very well.
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