Last month's mystery photograph (plate 158, repeated here) clearly showed an eagle. Although it perhaps looked like a rather short version of a White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla without the typical wedge-shaped tail of that species (note, however, that wear and moult may cause the tail to look more fan-shaped than normal), its silhouette is in fact typical of the smaller Aquila eagles: Spotte


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