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Geam Liang

Raptor in the skies over Durham, NC

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Durham, NC in late July/early August of 2013.  Only a single shot, sorry... quite poor.  I'm thinking Golden Eagle or even a Turkey Vulture?

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4 minutes ago, Geam Liang said:

Another thing... the tail is not flared out ??

That by itself is not really a reliable ID mark. Most large birds I have seen soaring seem to have their tails flared, but not always. I think it depends on wind conditions and what pattern they are in, e.g., soaring, rising on a current, circling, drifting, etc. It can help to ID a bird sometimes when it does have its tail flared by showing the pattern of the tail feathers.

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33 minutes ago, Bird Brain said:

That by itself is not really a reliable ID mark. Most large birds I have seen soaring seem to have their tails flared, but not always. I think it depends on wind conditions and what pattern they are in, e.g., soaring, rising on a current, circling, drifting, etc. It can help to ID a bird sometimes when it does have its tail flared by showing the pattern of the tail feathers.

Thanks... that makes so much sense.  

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