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Bonelli’s Eagle and Peregrine Falcon at Agios Sozomenos 8th November 2018

Cyprus Birding Tours

A great half an hour this morning watching a pair of Bonelli’s Eagle being mobbed and generally harassed by a pair of Peregrine Falcon. It was also interesting to see the plumage differences of the two eagles and the size differential between the male and female Peregrine – the female being the larger.

Peregrine Falcon, Agios Sozomenos 8th November 2018 (1 of 1) Peregrine Falcon, Agios Sozomenos, 8th November 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Bonelli's Eagle, Agios Sozomenos 8th November 2018 (1 of 1)

Bonelli's Eagle 5, Agios Sozomenos 8th November 2018 (1 of 1) Bonelli’s Eagle, Agios Sozomenos 8th November 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Bonelli's Eagle 4, Agios Sozomenos 8th November 2018 (1 of 1) Bonelli’s Eagle, Agios Sozomenos 8th November 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Bonelli's Eagle 3, Agios Sozomenos 8th November 2018 (1 of 1) Bonelli’s Eagle, Agios Sozomenos 8th November 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Bonelli's Eagle, Agios Sozomenos 8th November 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours Bonelli’s Eagle, Agios Sozomenos 8th November 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

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Raptor Wednesday

Backyard and Beyond

It was a crazy day. Raptors filled the air. An exaggeration, yes, but not by much. At one moment, there nine different raptors overhead, mostly Buteos and Accipiters. I’ve never seen so much activity above Brooklyn before. One of the birds was this juvenile Northern Harrier. The long tail, angled wings, buffy red breast, and especially the barely seen detail of the owl-like face help in on-the-fly identification.Here’s an adult Red-shouldered Hawk. And a juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk, which doesn’t have the rich red belly yet. Another view of juvenile Red-shouldered: look for the the “windows” on the outer primaries; the thin barring on the tail; the absence of dark patagium (the leading edge of the wing from the throat to the bend of carpel), which means it isn’t a Red-tailed Hawk. The juvenile Northern Harrier does have a red belly. But look how different its silhouette is from the…

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Hokumpokes, or Scolopax minor

Backyard and Beyond

It’s that time of year again. The shady, leafy understory is potentially loaded with timberdoodles, hokumpokes, bog suckers, worm sabers…. Two may be found hunkered down in the picture above.They do have a lot of names, testifying to their hold on the imagination. One thing’s for certain: American Woodcocks generally see you before you see them. Then they rifle off in low-to-the-ground flight, twittering as they do so. There were an astonishing seven huddled here recently. That particular day, I didn’t run across any others anywhere else in Green-Wood. It was a convocation of Labrador twisters.

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