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Can you help identify this bird please?

simont 16 2.3k 4 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2006 6:43PM
The other week while on holiday we attended a bird of prey flying demonstration, and I was fortunate to get some very nice pictures of some of the birds.

The one I put up yesterday was I thought of a Sparrowhawk, but the last person to comment has said it's a Falcon.

I've googled for images of Falcon and Sparrowhawks and believe that it is indeed a Sparrowhawk.

But I'm now not 100% sure, so could some of you kind people out there confirm if it is a Falcon or Sparrowhawk.

Many thanks in advance


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u08mcb 16 5.8k
7 Sep 2006 6:46PM
dunno what it is but it's definitely not a sparrowhawk. Eyes are wrong and it's too big.

Perhaps a Lanner Falcon assuming its not necessarily a native bird.
starstriders 16 1.6k United Kingdom
7 Sep 2006 6:56PM
Definitely a falcon, probably a peregrine? Why don't you ask Vince ? He'll know.
simont 16 2.3k 4 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2006 7:15PM
Many thanks for your replies - I'm off to ask Vince.

Max_WW 14 124
7 Sep 2006 7:27PM
Its a Lanner Falcon.

See here for more info.

mohikan22 Plus
16 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2006 7:28PM
looks hell of alot like a peregrine to me.similar size too. i think the lanner is bigger.
Max_WW 14 124
7 Sep 2006 7:32PM
No, the peregrine is a much darker colour and is actually bigger and more stocky than the Lanner.

simont 16 2.3k 4 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2006 7:50PM
I've added another picture of the bird in question as a modification to try and give some indication to its size.

Thanks again to everyone who has looked.

mikesavage 18 299 2 England
7 Sep 2006 10:53PM
Did you see it in flight? If its wingtips were splayed like open fingers, then it's a hawk. If the wingtips came to a single point, then it's a falcon.
LAF 17 1.7k
7 Sep 2006 11:44PM
95% Lanner/Saker hybrid tiercel.

Such hybrids are popular falconers birds.

kevan 18 447
8 Sep 2006 7:03AM
From the size and colouration, particularly the head and back, I'd go with Lanner, it's definitely not a Sparrowhawk or Peregrine.

Lee is right about Lanner/Saker hybrids being popular. I'm not familiar enough with these birds to say one way or the other so I'd be interested to know what points towards it being a hybrid.

riprap007 15 1.6k 37 England
8 Sep 2006 7:09AM
Yes, Falcon, Lanner/Saker
MartinjD 15 171
8 Sep 2006 7:25AM
The BOP demo's at Powderham Castle, I believe a given by Yarak Birds of Prey.

If you have a look on their website photo page

You will see a bird called Skye - a Lanner falcon. Is this the same one Simon?

CathyT 14 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2006 8:25AM
Looks like a Kestrel to me...
Ade_Osman 17 4.5k 36 England
8 Sep 2006 8:31AM
I'd have said it's a Lanner/Peregrine cross, look in my p/f and you'll see one that's stood over a kill of a rook. It's a set up shot, but an interesting one all the same.


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