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Observed: 29th August 2013 By: bigemrg
A shot of a bird of prey flying high in the sky.

Can someone help me identify this bird of prey please? It seemed too big to be a Sparrowhawk - could it be a Goshawk?

Species interactions

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Species with which Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) interacts


ophrys's picture


Gut feeling is for Sparrowhawk, but difficult without anything to gauge size by. Did you see it in comparison with any other birds, to give an idea of size?


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bigemrg's picture

Unfortunately Not

No, unfortunately it was flying alone. However, it was flying quite low, and seemed larger than a Sparrowhawk should be - if you know what I mean! We do have Goshawk's in the New Forest area, which is the only other bird I could think it resembled!

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Quite a hard one, arm long =

Quite a hard one, arm long = hand (=G), tail broad based, tapering and rounder (=G) should have more of a secondary bulge is it was G? head looking down-ish but again looks prominent = G. Heavily barred secondaries = S. It's barred underparts = adult. Size, even male G looks big and bulky; range G is a very inconspicuous bird, likely to be much more widespread than we think.

But as Ophrys points out jizz = S. Single photos can be very misleading, better with a series.

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Thanks for your detailed explanation! I'm beginning to think it was a large Sparrowhawk! :)