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Old Tuesday 28th January 2020, 13:50   #1
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Hi,

I wonder if anybody can help me identify this bird of prey. I saw it whilst walking by the Basingstoke canal, It settled quite low on a branch, then swooped down, then up again to settle on another tree. It did not fly high as if needing to be low to identify prey.

It looks like a common buzzard, but not sure. The three images show a side on, a rear view and a reasonable one in flight.

I would appreciate if an expert out there could help!

Thanks

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Old Tuesday 28th January 2020, 13:51   #2
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You're correct, Common Buzzard.
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Old Tuesday 28th January 2020, 13:55   #3
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You're correct, Common Buzzard.
That was sharp, thanks very much!
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Old Tuesday 4th February 2020, 21:46   #4
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Looks a bit like a Red-tailed hawk to me? Probably just a a Buzzard showing some red brown colour in its tail and primaries.
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Old Tuesday 4th February 2020, 23:41   #5
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Common Buzzard for me too. IIRC Red-tailed Hawk (which can occur as a falconers escape) has obviously stouter legs than CB; this bird doesn't.
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Old Wednesday 5th February 2020, 09:14   #6
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Common Buzzard for me, too
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