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« on: September 02, 2014, 02:08:55 am »

 
 Hello,

 I feel curious about this big feather I collected a month ago in 'Parque Natural Fragas Do Eume', in the north of Galicia. Is it possible to identify the bird with accuracy? The area where I found it consisted of a thick forest, quite hilly, with strong slopes, with Río Eume downhill.

  If it is not possible to identify the species, is there at least a trait to know if it belongs to a raptor or an owl?

  Apart from that, do you think I do right by keeping that feather or is it illegal? (I have just read about U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 and don't know if there is something similar in Spain, I wish so!).

 Thanks in advace,
 Carlos.


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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2014, 02:11:42 am »

The ventral side....


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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2014, 02:13:00 am »

Another pic of that area...


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« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2014, 08:14:13 pm »

Hi Carlos,

I'd guess it's from a Honey Buzzard, Pernis Apivorus – sorry but I don't know the Spanish name.

cheers

Sean
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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2014, 01:34:13 am »

   Thanks a lot for you reply, Sean. I totally agree with your guess. I hadn't taken that species into consideration, just had doubts with Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) and Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo) but after comparing the feathers it is clear that it once belonged to a Honey Buzzard's wing - "Halcón abejero" in Spanish (abeja = bee).
   If it might be of interest, here are some links where I had a look at the feathers:

   Common buzzard (Buteo Buteo) = http://www.ornithos.de/Ornithos/Feather_Collection/Buteo_buteo/Buteo_buteo.htm

   Eagle owl (Bubo Bubo) = http://feathersinblack.com/var/albums/Uilen-313890255/Oehoe/001%20Eagle%20Owl%20Oehoe%20Bubo%20bubo%20ad%20Primaries%20Grote%20slagpennen%20Image%20by%20A%20v%20Assen.png?m=1358953406
   
   Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivoros) = http://www.michelklemann.nl/verensite/pernis_apivorus/peapa19.jpg

   I am so happy about this bird identification, as I've read they can't be found in Andalusia, only occur in Northern Spain (I collected the feather in Galicia) - apart from during migration when they travel south in order to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, heading for Africa.

   Thanks again,
   Carlos.
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