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    Marsh Harrier?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firecrest66 View Post
    Marsh Harrier?
    No sorry -- but think I should own up to the fact that Darren Hughes actually got it right with Sparrow Hawk so in not saying OK then I might have mislead a few people still another top mark for Darren.

    The next picture in the initial sequence is the first one attached here - the Sparrow Hawk missed the Palm Dove and as a consequence I missed the shot I had anticipated wrongly. I continued to follow it round the field and watched as it circled back then clicked the camera to continuous mode as it headed down the track straight towards me I focused the camera on a nearby sprinkler and waited as it passed through the frame - only one shot really turned out and I have added that as well below not the best shot I have taken but for a 500mm lens I was pleased with the result. Today I watched a Hobby do the same but had my bins in my hand not the camera.
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    I would very much like to hear Darren "talking us through" how he arrived at Sparrowhawk from Howard's first image?

    By the way, the accepted common name is "Sparrowhawk", not "Sparrow Hawk" .

    Colin

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    A beautiful ad male Sprawk, but not in the quiz image, You stumbeled somewhere, I'm afraid...
    Or maybe I'm totally wrong. You said it's an easy one, I don't think so...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ML-S View Post
    A beautiful ad male Sprawk, but not in the quiz image, You stumbeled somewhere, I'm afraid...
    Or maybe I'm totally wrong. You said it's an easy one, I don't think so...
    I would not question Howard's integrity, but I also see a big problem between the original image and the later ones (hence my last post about Darren's identification).

    The camera DOES lie (sometimes)!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Key View Post
    I would not question Howard's integrity, but I also see a big problem between the original image and the later ones (hence my last post about Darren's identification).

    The camera DOES lie (sometimes)!!

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    Don't think so - but will check nevertheless
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    Howard near enough gave the answer in the caption look at the photo blown up the wing tells you its a hawk.Goshawk is highly unlikely this leaves lavent sprawk shikra and common old garden sprawk. Lavent and shikra can be ruled out on the fact that they both have pale underwings leaving sprawk.I hope this in enough of an explaination for you Colin and I'm sorry if my grammer is not up to scratch but obviously my bird id is.

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    Can't do much to improve on Howard's original image, but still not convinced:



    I honestly cannot tell whether we are looking at the upper or under-wing on this bird (I think it is upper-wing), but either way I cannot make it into the bird which Howard shows in close-up (and which is a def. Sparrowhawk).

    Colin

    P.S. Darren, I always have to check the book before I write Sparrowhawk - two words always seems more logical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ML-S View Post
    The Lark.Those primary coverts are totally wrong for a WL, I'd say A.gulgula, or perhaps arvensis. Lesser STL has a stubbier bill.
    Hi ML-S,

    I have had some PM exchanges with Howard about the lark; my first thought was Woodlark but then rejected that because, like you, thought those coverts were totally wrong and on a close look I didn't think that the super did meet at the nape. It was I who then suggested Lesser Short-toed, but now dismiss that based (again like you) on bill shape and also on length of hind claw. After discussing it with others we are also now back with Skylark.

    Colin.

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    I have put copies of the original pictures sequence from which the ID pic was cropped as viewed in Nikon viewer hope you can read the data and timings
    The ID pic 10:22:05.7 _DSC5932.JPG
    next 10:22:06.8 _DSC5933.JPG
    next 10:22:07.9 _DSC5934.JPG
    next 10:22:08.4 _DSC5935.JPG
    next 10:22:08.8 _DSC5936.JPG

    Total sequence time for the five pictures 3.1 secs

    will next put up the same sequence of five pictures cropped so you can see it is in deed the same bird - the Sparrowhawk -
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