Is this a sparrowhawk? It's eating a wood-pigeon that it caught.
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I do not believe the picture shows a Sparrowhawk, again its down to the legs ie trousers. It is a Goshawk
If the prey is a wood-pigeon, based on size alone, it is a hen goshawk, not a sparrowhawk.
Both species have "trousers", but female goshawks also have a pale lower face, sparrowhawk females have dark.
Sparrowhawks will take wood-pigeons, but often do not kill them out-right because they just do not have the weight to hit them hard enough.
Sparrowhawks eating collared doves, wood-pigeons and even blackbirds that are still alive are moderately common in my garden - extremely gruesome as blackbirds will scream as they are being eaten.
I felt that the length of trousers was deeper/longer than I would expect on a Sparrowhawk and would won't to see more colour to under parts of bird.
Agreed, although the photo' could be deceptive
If this was a Gos even the fuzzy pic would show an eyestripe. It is a Sparrowhawk.
It is a Sparrowhawk, females are larger than males (sometimes equal to male Gos) and some are capable of taking Woodpigeons. Goshawk shows obvious head markings and hens are very large, Buzzard-size.
Good day. Yes my eyes are opened, got bogged down on legs. Yes ispot is proving a good tool.
Why do people always assume it is a rarity before considering the common birds first???
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The leggings of the bird are too thick for Sparrowhawk surely.
The size of the pigeon is quite small in comparison to the size of the bird.
I have had Goshawks in my garden, clutching Collared Doves in their claws and the doves look quite small in comparision to size of the Goshawk.
Also, Male Sparrowhawks are blueish/grey and smaller than the females, making it more likely to be a Goshawk.
Check out this link, and to my eyes the pictures on this seem to be that the photo is Goshawk:
Lat/Lng: 52.6, 1.2
OS grid ref: TG2109