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Spotted very large perched bird of prey in County Durham, UK (1 Viewer)

Hi there, I took my dogs to Rainton Meadows Nature Park in County Durham, UK and was completely shocked to see a very large bird of prey. It was perched and these are the things I noted:
Very large - would guess over 5kg
Very upright, majestic posture
Large yellow very impressive beak
Dark brown and brown mottled chest
Very dark overall
I was so shocked by its large, majestic and unique appearance (unlike any bird of prey I’ve previously seen in the area) my first instinct was that it must be a bird that had escaped captivity!
I’m hoping someone else has had a sighting?
P.s apologies for my complete ignorance about birds - I’ve never posted before - but felt compelled by this
People routinely over-estimate weight of birds as they generally don't understand how much of the bulk is feathering or indeed how light a bird has to be to fly. Butty's Law about size also applies.

Yes, they also under-estimate overwintering Little Bunting aggregates on site.🤣👍
I'm going down the middle on this one. The OP says it's bigger than birds of prey she has seen there before. So yes it could be closer a la Father Ted, or it may be that she has seen Buzzards there in the past and this bird was huge.

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