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I recently took a picture of this bird flying around Geneva, Switzerland:

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In the beginning, and because it was bright and the subject was against the light, I though it was simply another Buteo buteo as there are many around here. Now by tweaking the brightness and contrast a bit in Lightroom, I can be 99% sure that it is not a Buteo buteo and my mind goes more to a Pernis apivorus, which is another bird of prey present in the region in summertime (May-Sep).

Can anyone tell me if I am correct and what field marks can be deduced from my picture to be sure that it is the right bird?

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    $\begingroup$ You can also tell that is an adult male, you can tell it from the very spaced bars on the tail and wings. Beautiful light individual. $\endgroup$ – have fun May 24 '17 at 6:29
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Nice photo - Yes, I would agree with you the bands on the tail and the wings suggest that it is a Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus

http://www.birdwatch.co.uk/categories/articleitem.asp?item=995 http://www.gobirding.eu/Photos/HoneyBuzzard.php

enter image description here Photo by Dominic Mitchell http://www.birdingetc.com

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