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    Any Hawk expert's?

    Can someone tell me if this is indeed a Goshawk. It was in the hedge as i was on the way to one of my permissions. Much smaller than a Buzzard, and the wrong colour. Bigger than a Kestrel. Really hope my identification is correct as i have never seen one as yet.
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    gos to me bud

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    How much bigger than the Kestrel? twice the size or half as big again.
    Chairgun doesn't take the shot.



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    Its a crap picture. I know i could have done better had my dog not spooked it. Lovely looking bird. If indeed it is, then i have had a blinding week as i also caught sight of five Waxwing in a hedge whilst on route to the same permission. Been waiting so many years to spy some of them. KB1

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    Not clear enough, could be a female Sparrowhawk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by milek View Post
    How much bigger than the Kestrel? twice the size or half as big again.
    I would say half as big again. I have taken Peregrines hit by aircraft off the airfield, and i would say this bird was the same length but much more slight in size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by landymick View Post
    Not clear enough, could be a female Sparrowhawk.
    No way, far to long in size. Have seen many of those.

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    I must have been within six feet of this bird as i took the picture, just to give you and idea. It just froze. KB1

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    Its the black tip on the bill and the extreme grey plumage that has really got me hoping it is what i think it is. KB1

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    looks like a male gos. female much darker,and scaling off the ivy leaves,too big for a male sparrowhawk. they are tiny.its prob escaped.
    only 2 birds of prey that will revert back to wild,even if hand reared ,are the gos and sparrow hawks.they usually like dense evergreen areas to
    live and hunt,so seeing one in a farmland situ is a bit unusual,unless its escaped .
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