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Unknown Bird of Prey on Headland

Observed: 25th May 2006 By: kieranc23kieranc23’s reputation in Birdskieranc23’s reputation in Birdskieranc23’s reputation in Birds
Hope Cove walk (11)
Hope Cove walk (10)

A bird of prey observed from the headland near Hope Cove, Devon in May 2006. I think the photos are too far away for an identification but an attempt would be greatly appreciated.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) interacts


kieranc23's picture


Thank you for the identifications. It was six years ago but I think the wingspan was about 2ft (61cm)

Turnstone's picture


You beat me to the ID there. I've agreed with yours.
If you look at the second picture, it has the head and body shape of
a kestrel, a raptor you would expect to find in this situation.

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Mystery Bird

I was unsure - the picture is an unusual angle I am sure there are Tail to Wing Ratios that could give a crude indication but they might vary with the age of bird , Not an easy call as all of the bird is not Visible Red Kite is also fairly evident on the NBN Map - I could still be wrong Tony ;-)

Best Wishes


Turnstone's picture

I refer you back to the

I refer you back to the second picture; looks like a hovering Kestrel
not a soaring Red Kite. The wings aren't right for Red Kite, no feathering of the outer primaries and not really large enough. I think your original ID is ok.

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I think Kestrel

as the factors above,& the photo capture itself suggest hovering Kestrel.Lovely image.

Hazel Trevan