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Positively identified as Crested Honey Buzzard

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Observation incorrectly reported as Honey Buzzard on September 13 this year 2013

The positive Identification as a Crested Honey Buzzard has to be credited to Doug Radford and Dick Forsman

to them my thanks

From: Radford, Doug
Sent: Mon 04/11/2013 10:05 PM
To: howardk at
Subject: crested honey-buzzard photo

Dear Howard,

I was browsing your photos (having been drawn to your website by the request for information about the colour-ringed Caspian tern on the btoringers forum) and spotted the one you have labelled as a honey-buzzard posted on 13th September. Having recently had occasion to look more closely at the differences between European and crested HBs, I thought your photo was the latter so I sent a link to Dick Forsman. Dick was very helpful when I was preparing a note about my CHB in Cyprus, and he has confirmed my i.d. (see below). I hope you are happy with this.

Yours sincerely,

Doug Radford
Site Manager

Now Identified as a Crested Honey Buzzard

Honey Buzzard

Fowlmere Nature Reserve

From: Dick Forsman [mail dick at]
Sent: Mon 04/11/2013 6:08 PM
To: Radford, Doug
Subject: Re: CHB note

Hi Doug,

Thanks for sending me the write-up of your CHB record - I did not have it from before!

Thanks also for the link to the Bahrain bird, which indeed is a 2nd cy female CHB, just as you thought yourself. It seems CHBs are in fact more common in Arabia than European HBs contradicting older records, when they were all thought to be European.

best regards,





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