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Observed: 20th February 2013 By: dw549
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Description:

Smallish raptor, brown speckled underside. Hard to be precise about size as a long way away. Grateful for any suggestions!

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) interacts

Comments

Mydaea's picture

It is clearly a kestrel.

It is clearly a kestrel.

ophrys's picture

'clearly'

...because it appears to be hovering, stationary, which a Sparrowhawk would not be doing. It also has a speckled underside, as you say, where a Sparrowhawk would be barred. At Capel fleet, a more likely confusion species would be a Merlin, but, again, that would not be hovering.

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Aláine's picture

Kestrels and Barn Owls are

Kestrels and Barn Owls are the only two British and Irish raptors with the ability to hover.A kestrel's tail is also generally longer when in flight and Kestrels have a tendancy to gain height to survey an area while hunting while Sparrowhawks are more often seen at lower altitudes and prefer hunting methods such as tail chasing and ambush attacks. Hope it helps in future identifications!

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