Lesser Spotted Eagle (Aquila pomarina) in north-east Algeria

Aigle pomarin (Aquila pomarina) photographié dans le nord-est Algérien par Salah  elailia le 25 juin 2015.

L’identification originale semble être incorrecte comme l’ont indiqué plusieurs birdwatcheurs dans la page facebook (Giannis Gasteratos et Alex Colorado Delgado ont été les premiers à le mentionner). L’oiseau est en fait un Aigle pomarin, qui est aussi un bon oiseau parce que non vu ici (comme un oiseau reproducteur) depuis de nombreuses années.

Lesser Spotted Eagle (Aquila pomarina) photographed in north-east Algeria by Salah Telailia on 25 June 2015.

The original identification seems to be incorrect as indicated several birders in the facebook page (first mentioned by Giannis Gasteratos and Alex Colorado Delgado and confirmed by others later). The bird is in fact a Lesser Spotted Eagle (Aquila pomarina), which is also a good bird because not seen here (as a breeding bird) since many years.

Here is the comment of Mattias Nordlund from Sweden:

I suppose you’ve focused to much on the shape of tail which fit White-tailed Eagle. The bird has lost or moulted outer tail feathers which gives this shape. I live in Sweden with many White-tailed eagles. No plumage of any age of White-tailed fits this species you catched here. No need to investigate the white-tailed track further.

The admin of Birding Poland facebook page said:

I would say Lesser Spotted Eagle, for sure not White-tailed Eagle!

Thanks to all for the comments!

Aquila pomarina - Aigle pomarin - Lesser Spotted Eagle, nord-est Algérien, 25 juin 2015

Aquila pomarina – Aigle pomarin – Lesser Spotted Eagle, nord-est Algérien, 25 juin 2015 (Salah Telailia).

Aquila pomarina - Aigle pomarin - Lesser Spotted Eagle, nord-est Algérien

Aquila pomarina – Aigle pomarin – Lesser Spotted Eagle, nord-est Algérien, 25 juin 2015 (Salah Telailia).