I took my new camera up Glastonbury Tor yesterday and my wife noticed a bird of prey hovering slightly below us. One of my attempts at photographing it was fairly successful, but I cannot identify it for certain from any books or photos on the internet. I would appreciate some expert help please.
Female kestrel. Kestrels are the masters amongst British bird at hovering. Several others can hover but nothing like as adeptly. I'm not sure if sparrowhawks can / do hover but if they can then they don't do it often. It's not their method of hunting.
Does not look right colouration for a Sparrowhawk, the tend to be a sort of greyish blue from the back, males are quite pale from beneath females have an orangy flash on the chest. Shame your picture is blurred but could be a Kestrel. Have posted a picture of a Sparrow hawk on prey taken in my garden where it is a fairly frequent visitor after the feeding birds usually Tits and finches, it has also had a go at the pigeons on the ground.