Christmas trio of eagles

The time has come to reveal the identity of the trio of eagles from Oman featuring in my Christmas card and reproduced again here.
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The star bird in the center is an adult Eastern Imperial Eagle, the one on the left is a juvenile Greater Spotted Eagle and the top right one is an immature Steppe Eagle. The adult Imperial is a very dark, almost black bird, with a Golden Eagle-like head. Note the rectangular and parallel-edged wings and the fine and regular barring to tail and wings, which Goldens don’t show. The juv GSE on the left is a shorter-winged, more compact eagle, which is easy to id. in good lighting conditions, as here, by its bi-coloured underwing, with blackish coverts contrasting with glossy, grey fligh-feathers and a darker wing-tip. Steppe Eagles could be tricky, when shown as blurred as here, but the retained broad and white underwing band is a diagnostic feature.


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