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Bird of Prey Identity

Observed: 16th October 2011 By: johnson.sue@liv...
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I took this photo from my bed with my new 30x zoom camera. I really don't know a lot about birds, but after doing a search online I think it may be a kestrel or a falcon. It was taken in Montrose, East Coast, Scotland.
I would love to have a confirmation on what it is though if anyone out there could let me know from these photos.
My thanks in advance...

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) interacts


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You can always tell a falcon

You can always tell a falcon (Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine) from a hawk (Sparrowhawk, Goshawk) by the colour of the iris of the eye. Dark in falcons, yellow in the hawks (as here). Works every time.



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Thank you for your help. Although it's always lovely to see a bird of prey, we have a family of wood pigeons who live in the same tree, and have been watching them for months, I hope they are safe...