keith browne's picture

Bird of prey, but what?

Observed: 6th October 2012 By: keith browne
Species interactions

No interactions present.


adamjohnhaynes's picture

bird of prey

i think it might be a female kestrel

Stuie Heale's picture

Looks like a young Golden

Looks like a young Golden Eagle, (Aquila chrysaetos), or a Merlin, (Falco tinnunculus). Both native to upland areas, particularly in Scotland.

S. Heale

demoiselle's picture

Colours of beak and claws and

Colours of beak and claws and lack of streaks seems to fit Golden Eagle best.


Simon Walker's picture

Young Golden Eagle

This is clearly nothing like a Kestrel nor a Merlin, both of which have distinctive markings, and are much, much smaller.
This bird looks to have jesses on its legs, and is presumably a captive bird.

David Jardine's picture

Another eagle?

Not sure this is a goldie, looks almost too light for a juv Golden Eagle, and the tail doesn't appear to have a pale base and dark terminal band.....

Simon Walker's picture

Under What Circumstances was the Picture Taken?

It must be a captive bird; so could it be a cross of some sort?

The Black Rabbit's picture

bird of prey

Its CERTAINLY a tawny eagle. Aquila rapax

Many thanks,