Monday, 20 March 2017

Steppe Eagle


A less well marked juvenile that can resemble Lesser Spotted Eagle if size not apparent. 

2nd cy

2nd cy - new inner primaries and middle secondaries.

New secondaries protrude beyond the juvenile ones.

Adult appearing black in the classic Batumi light. Very long primaries especially p4.

Near adult showing the typical black trailing edge and strong barring to the remiges. They transform in to a different bird when seen in good light. 

Adult showing the long hands and very long primaries.

Another adult, the dark trailing edge visible on the inner most primaries. Typical dark carpal with just a hint of a pale halo.