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I saw a bird today in Kent that at first glance looked like a buzzard because it was soaring in the familiar way that buzzards do, with a slightly circular motion and quite high in the sky. However, observing it for a few minutes made me realise that it was not in fact a buzzard because every 15 seconds or so it would flap its wings for a bit and then return to this buzzard-like motion.
Unfortunately, I had no camera on me at the time and I wasn't close enough to see any markings or get a brilliant idea of the shape of the bird. My best guess is that it was just a pigeon, which was for some reason pretending to be a buzzard. I'd be very interested to know if anyone has observed similar behaviour from a pigeon or other bird and if anyone has a different suggestion as to what this mystery bird was.