Medium sized bird of prey, larger than a Kestrel that distinctly hovers and drops onto prey
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My opinion is that it is likely to be a kestrel, because you said that the raptor was hovering, however you also mentioned that the bird was larger than a kestrel?
I am trying to upload phots but am experiencing problems which have been reported to ispot helpdesk.
We see buzzards all the time and plenty of red kites, but this bird appeard a week or so ago and doesn't display any of the characteristics of any of these.
Thanks Lesley - looking forward to seeing the photos if you are successful. Glad you have discounted Buzzard.
Try looking at Rough-legged Buzzard in a bird book.
Can you describe the shape of its wings - pointed/rounded? Does it have a long or short tail? Does it have any banding on its tail? What colours are it plumage? All these might distinguish what species it might be.
All the best
DJ - North Kessock
The wings are pointed and it has a long tail that fans out when hovering.
I'm not sure about banding on its tail but it is quite pale brown underneath and dark possibly grey on the topside. It doesn't appear to have the dark flecking of a kestrel and it looks far too big as well.
Photos now attached
Thanks for attaching photos Lesley.
I see why you were not sure that it was a Kestrel - as I am not sure it is a Kestrel - the very dark tail and primaries do not point to Kestrel. But I'm not sure on what to advise...it certainly looks like a falcon, but which falcon? I'm wondering about Red-footed Falcon, but these are slightly smaller than Kestrels. It may be that this one will '
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