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I am pretty sure that  the first one is a Booted Eagle and the second is a Common Buzzard.  Having a hard time with the third--the tail bands make me think it might be a Eurasian Sparrowhawk, but perhaps it's one of the other two--a juvenile or a different morph or something else altogether?  Confirmation of the Eagle and Buzzard and ideas about the one I can't identify would be much appreciated.  Seen late summer in northern Spain.  Didn't have my longer lens on the trip, so the pictures are not great.  Happy New Year, fellow birders!

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Common Buzzard 2.jpg

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4 hours ago, Connor Cochrane said:

1st Looks like a Booted Eagle and 2nd is definitely a Common Buzzard. The third bird is a bit more difficult, but due to the tail bands and the underwing pattern, I'm pretty sure it's a Short-tailed Snake-Eagle.

I agree.

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Thanks for the information.  I looked at better pictures of the Short-tailed Snake Eagle (called Short-toed in the very limited book of birds of Spain that I have), and that certainly seems a reasonable ID.   The tail bands really had me leaning against Buzzard or Booted Eagle, so it's good to have the ID.  

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On 12/31/2021 at 9:49 PM, photog46 said:

Thanks for the information.  I looked at better pictures of the Short-tailed Snake Eagle (called Short-toed in the very limited book of birds of Spain that I have), and that certainly seems a reasonable ID.   The tail bands really had me leaning against Buzzard or Booted Eagle, so it's good to have the ID.  

I think Connor made a typo there, no? I’m almost certain it’s short-toed Snake-Eagle.

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