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Jul 21, 2014 10:19 AM

sparrowhawk maybe?

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.

Many thanks.

Martin

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    Jul 21, 2014 12:22 PM (in response to Martin Riches)
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    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.

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    Jul 21, 2014 12:42 PM (in response to Martin Riches)
    Re: sparrowhawk maybe?

    Hi Martin

    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.

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