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Old Thursday 25th June 2020, 11:11   #1
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Raptor sw france.

Bread and butter for someone not me though
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Old Thursday 25th June 2020, 11:17   #2
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Presume Hen Harrier with five visible “fingers”.

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Old Thursday 25th June 2020, 12:47   #3
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Looks like a Sparrowhawk to me
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Old Thursday 25th June 2020, 12:51   #4
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Presume Hen Harrier with five visible “fingers”.

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2cy male I think?

For a moment I was processing this as an Accipiter, must be the heat!
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Old Thursday 25th June 2020, 13:05   #5
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So 2cy hen then ?
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Old Thursday 25th June 2020, 13:39   #6
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Surely this is a sparrowhawk. Hen harrier would have three broad dark bars across the secondaries, including a very broad one at the trailing edge. This bird has 5/6 very narrow bars and no trailing edge to speak of.
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Sparrowhawk all the way! You can see the barring across the belly which I Hen Harrier would never show. Plus a Hen Harrier would show 2 bars though the secondaries and Sparrowhawks show 4+

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Old Thursday 25th June 2020, 13:55   #8
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Looks like a Sparrowhawk to me
Glad someone’s on the ball and not suffering from heatstroke
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Glad someone’s on the ball and not suffering from heatstroke
Indeed, I couldn't reconcile any of the plumage features (remige pattern/extent of barring), shape and extent of the bands on the primaries, shape and size of the bands on the tail with Hen harrier, but the face kept throwing me off.
Time for cider, or ice cream, or both!
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An obvious Sprawk!
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Well you can’t get them all right....or nearly.
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