It was indeed a Long-legged Buzzard, photographed by Paul Doherty in Israel in December 1987. After four puzzle photographs in this third competition, 68 contestants are still in the running, with all four species identified correctly. Perhaps the next photograph will prove to be a greater hurdle.

Third 'Monthly marathon' competition. Photograph number 7. Identify the species. Read

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