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Raptor ID's - Mount Njullá, Abisko, Swedish Arctic (28/05/2019)

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Old Tuesday 28th May 2019, 23:25   #1
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Raptor ID's - Mount Njullá, Abisko, Swedish Arctic (28/05/2019)

Hi all,

I saw these two raptors today whilst walking up Mount Njullá.

I am from the UK so I am not quite sure about what birds to expect to see here.

Photos 1-3: This raptor looked like it may be a harrier, maybe a hen harrier?

Photos 4-5: Large falcon - peregrine or gyrfalcon?
note - It is holding prey which it had caught but I cannot work out what it was from the photo.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,
Ryan
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Hen Harrier and Kestrel
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I’d invite you to look again Tom, 4 and probably 5 are certainly not Kestrel, perhaps immature Gyr is perhaps more appropriate?

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and i'd invite you to study the underwing patterns of kestrel and gyr falcon, ken. tom knows why he said kestrel.
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and i'd invite you to study the underwing patterns of kestrel and gyr falcon, ken. tom knows why he said kestrel.
I have no doubts about Tom’s understanding of underwing patterns, whether it’s at an unfortunately “odd” angle or not, it doesn’t look like a Kestrel to my eye, it looks too short tailed and stocky for F.tinnunculus?
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Certainly doesn't have the 'feel' of a large falco.

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I confirm kestrel, if needed.
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and i'd invite you to study the underwing patterns of kestrel and gyr falcon, ken. tom knows why he said kestrel.
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Certainly doesn't have the 'feel' of a large falco.

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I confirm kestrel, if needed.
Kestrel for me too. Sometimes Kestrels are surprising, but looking at pattern and shape, (I sometimes take measurements of birds in a photo to check ratios) confirms for me that this is a Kestrel
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Yes! a very “odd” looking Kestrel and just about within range, if the maps are anything to go by.

A good call Tom.
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"Odd" unproportional 'kestrel' indeed
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