One of two scaring the other birds at Brandon Marsh NR.
No interactions present.
Hobby is very dark grey above and on top of the head, and the underparts are more boldly spotted/streaked black on a white ground colour. Even a young Hobby would still look less brown than this and more grey on the back.
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Thanks, ophrys, useful info. I think I let myself be swayed a little by the other (more experienced) birders in the hide, some who were convinced it was one of the hobbies that come here every summer, and yet another guy convinced it was a juvenile peregrine.
Yes, a lesson I learnt early on is that the loudest (apparently experienced) people in the hide are not always the most reliable source of identifications! Better sometimes to watch for yourself, make notes, and come to your own decision...more satisfying that way, too.
It's always worth listening to other peoples opinions on a birds ID, and more importantly why they think that is the correct ID. If they are prepared to give reasons, even if only briefly, you can check whether (a) you can see the features yourself, and (b) these support the ID (but don't forget to take note of features that they don't mention as well).
This is true whether the ID is being given by the loudest person in a hide, or by someone on a site like Ispot - and in my experience most (but not all) of those who genuinely do know what they are talking about are happy to explain their reasoning if asked to.
By questioning the reasons for an ID, if you can't see why it has been made, you are also more likely to learn. You don't have to query every minor detail, or indeed any identification, if you don't want to though!
You're right, must do that. My own view did touch on kestrel originally, on the basis of those being more common and that sort of colour, but the arguments were that neither bird hovered at all whilst patrolling the reed beds, and there was talk about the bird having a "moustache". Yet I was the only one taking pictures - probably need a better camera / telephoto lens mind! (I'll see what the wife says!)
Neither of these rules out Kestrel, which do have a moustache, and don't always hover, even when hunting. The colour of the upperparts does rule out Hobby and Peregrine though!
Lat/Lng: 52.3768, -1.4538
OS grid ref: SP372755