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Pauline W



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:35 am    Post subject: What bird of prey is this? Reply with quote

It is the size of a sparrowhawk. Is it a sparrowhawk? It was a long way away so I cropped the photo and lightened it so not brilliant.
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Karwin



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is Falco subbuteo (hobby). Looks like miniature peregrine falcon, but the belly stripes are other way. Preys for dragonflies. Nice observation.
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Pauline W



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Karwin. I got my books out today and suspected it might be a hobby but still wasn't sure. It was driven away by 5 swallows.
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jeannette



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hobby are one of my favourite birds its great watching them catch dragon fly and eat them while flying they are great
Jen
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Pauline W



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jen, I watched it being mobbed by the swallows, it was silhouetted and a good distance away. I knew it wasn't a kestrel and not sure if it was a sparrowhawk. I only get fleeting glimpses of them as they swoop after birds in the hedges. Luckily the photo lightened to show the markings to id it. I think we have had them before but not ofen and I have never seen them catching anything, although we have plenty of dragonflies. I do keep a good lookout whilst I am mucking out so will hopefully see another.
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