I noticed Albert had posted about a Crested (Oriental) Honey Buzzard on Facebook. He saw it in record breaking one day count of nearly 180,000 Honey Buzzards. Well worth learning from his experience, just in case they get closer to NW Europe:
Some words about the Crested Honey Buzzard of two days ago on station 1 (Sakalvasho, near Batumi in Georgia). I am here for the first year as a volunteer, helping with the counting. More info about the project: www.batumiraptorcount.org.
Crested Honey Buzzard seems to occur more and more in the (Asian) Middle East, e.g. Israel had in the last winter about 90 birds (!). I don’t know exact numbers, but I expect that they can easily be found on the web. And I remember a publication about hybrid Crested x European in Dutch Birding in 2010.
The bird we had on the 4th of September showed up in a mixed stream of Honey Buzzards and Booted Eagles. The first impression is always: ‘hé, a Short-toed Eagle?’, something that more experienced counters told me already before the observation.
More precisely: this bird seems to be an adult female, but I am still figuring out if it can be a 1cy: see also here You will hear more about it…
Note the broad hand with a prominent p6, the heavy-look in combination with a small-looking head, the two barrings reaching the belly, the irregular pattern in the primaries (cf. EHB), the lack of the carpal patch and overall plain appearance.
Albert de Jong
Albert was here:
What to look for on Crested Honey Buzzard: