Newbie Seeking Help (Birds of Prey)

Hello All,

I am a new community member and a relevantly new bird watcher and have been struggling to confirm what some birds I have captured with the camera (badly) are. I am hoping someone will be able to put me out my misery and know what I am looking at. As the file uploader on the community isn't great I have uploaded them to this dropbox folder which anyone can view

To help out all these were shot last week of October 2017. Photo 1 was on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula in Scotland just off one of the roads somewhere near Ardgour. Photo 2 was shot at the Ardnamurchan Lighthouse. Photo's 3-9 if I remember rightly was on Mull. Photo's 10 and 11 definitely were shot on Mull. 

I believe that photo's 1, 10 and 11 are Buzzards. Photo 2 is possibly a Merlin. Photo's 3-9 I have no idea what it could be.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and thank you in advance for the help. 


  • Hi there Toby, and welcome to the Forum.   Just had a look into your dropbox and you have taken some great photos.   I wouldn't like to guess at an id but just maybe there is an Osprey for no. 5, only going on the short tail.  I am sure someone else will come along and give a good answer in a little while, sometimes the Forum is quiet so hang on in there.

    Lot to learn

  • In reply to gaynorsl:

    Hi Toby. they all look like common Buzzard to me.

    There are more knowledgable peeps then me use the Forum so am sure you will get a possitive ID soon.

  • In reply to BamBam:

    For me they are all Common Buzzards but you do have at least one extremely light coloured one there. But in all of them you can make out the tell tale wing or chest markings




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  • In reply to Bobs_Still_Retired:

    Hey Gaynors!, BamBam and Bob,

    Firstly thank you so much for the replies. I can honestly say I am a little embarrassed as I see tons of Buzzards here in Worcestershire so can't believe I didn't know for sure. I redeem myself by thinking that Photo 1, 10 and 11 were Buzzards prior to asking for advice.

    The shocker is the one in Photo's 3-9. I have never seen one so pale. He/She was stunning. Photo 2 is a little surprise as it seemed smaller and hovered there for a good 5 minutes however now you say it I can see the finger like feathers on the right wing.

    Thanks all


  • In reply to Toby S:

    Hello Toby, welcome from me up at the top of the very far north of Scotland, in Caithness. Hope you enjoy here, we are a good buch and there will always be someone on hand to give you advice or help. Things get a bit quieter sometimes with not the same number on folks posting. It just goes to show we are all still learning when in comes to our feathered friends!

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • In reply to Catlady:

    Thanks Catlady. Looking forward to learning more.