Sunday, October 06, 2013

Birds of Prey

Me and my wife had our appetite whetted with a Peregrine and Marsh Harrier just out of our area yesterday  so we went up to the good raptor spot at the top of the valley this aft.  We were rewarded with:-

Kestrel x 4
Sparrowhawk x 1
Buzzard x 2

We were just heading back up to the car when my wife spotted the 'buzzard' soaring in the valley.  A few carrion crows briefly mobbed it and it

was bigger than them. I got the bins on it and realised it wasn't a Buzzard and I assumed Sparrowhawk and it went into a stoop and just missed a Woodpigeon.  A small falcon then had a brief go at it and it made the falcon (I think Kes) look about a quarter of its size.
It was very pale underneath.  I got a couple of out of a focus shots as it passed over and flew strongly to the top of the valley.  Are they enough for anyone to be able to give their opinion on the question I am obviously asking?

I am hoping NCD may have seen it as we had driven past him on our way up to the spot but he had gone on our return so hem may have missed it.

6 comments:

Dave Sutcliffe said...

Certainly not a buzzard anyway. This bird on both shots shows something trailing from its legs but can't make out what it is from my phone image till I can get on it on the computer. Interesting and glad you got some shots off.

AndyC said...

Looks like a Gos...................

heavy birder said...

H muxy can you give me a ring. Ive tried calling you but no reply, might have old number since you moved house.

Muxy said...

It was extremely impressive and I think it was Goshawk but having never seen one could not be sure. It looks like the suspicious trailing object my scupper my life tick anyway.

Muxy said...

Nick - yes changed house, phone and e-mail last year. Don't have your number. Please e-mail it to me on marvinmuxlow@gmail.com

Andy Kiz said...

My first though was gos, but it does look like its got jessies or a sat tag on...