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Hawk? Raptor? Aintree Liverpool UK today

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Old Wednesday 19th July 2017, 14:29   #1
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Hawk? Raptor? Aintree Liverpool UK today

Just popped out for a quick bike ride today and saw this.

Sorry abut the photo - compact zoom but with little notice as the bird whizzed past so quickly so only the one picture.

It was a light browny colour and much larger than a Kestrel and didn't 'hover' like a Kestrel, instead it swooped up and down in the wind (quite graceful) over the fields.

I only caught this snap because I stopped as I heard another bird's alarm call and thought something must be about.

Any help appreciated - and I'm sure you guys will have an answer even though you can't see the blimmin' bird's face!

Thanks :-)
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Old Wednesday 19th July 2017, 14:33   #2
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Looks like a Kestrel.
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Old Wednesday 19th July 2017, 14:34   #3
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Possibly a young Peregrine Falcon? Certainly seems to have a falcon shape.
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Old Wednesday 19th July 2017, 14:53   #4
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Definitely much larger than a Kestrel and didn't hover when searching for food.

It could be a falcon, but it was a large bird, but not as large as a Buzzard or anything like that.

Very graceful 'swooping' action.

Thanks for the input guys.
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Old Wednesday 19th July 2017, 15:19   #5
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Kestrel, size can be v. difficult to judge in the field
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Old Wednesday 19th July 2017, 15:19   #6
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Kestrel - the two-toned wings are typical. Flight style can vary depending on the wind, and sizes can be hard to judge without direct comparison.
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Old Wednesday 19th July 2017, 15:31   #7
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Definitely a Kestrel
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I can't see anything but a Kestrel with that wing shape and colouration.
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Old Wednesday 19th July 2017, 15:35   #9
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Interesting - thanks guys I'll bow to your better knowledge.

I guess you were right then originally Dave :-)

I had a look on google and it definitely wasn't as 'speckled' as your average Kestrel, but found this photo on this site http://www.markhancoxbirdphotography...php?gall_id=38 and it looked a lot like the photo listed 8420 kestrel male 2 2011
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