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Kestrel
"Sparrow Hawk" Great little birds, love to see them hovering.

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Ejnar FjerdingstadExcuse me

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

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for saying so, but a kestrel is a different bird from the sparrow hawk, it is a falcon, not a hawk. And sparrow hawks don't hover, while kestrels do that all the time. Judging from the colours (although they are in shadow), and from the wing tips, I would say this is a kestrel. Lovely photo!
Posted Dec 24, 2008 11:45 am

Pack AddictRe: Excuse me

Pack Addict

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I appreciate your comment, I agree with you that a Kestrel is a falcon not a hawk, however they are commonly refered to as sparrow hawks in North America. I am not sure about other parts of the world. I would be interested in additional comments on this subject.
Posted Dec 24, 2008 7:59 pm

Ejnar FjerdingstadRe: Excuse me

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

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Perhaps you don't have the real sparrow hawk (Accipiter nisus) in North America, and therefore call the kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) that? In Denmark we have both, and they are really rather different.
Posted Dec 25, 2008 1:58 pm

winemanvanRe: Excuse me

winemanvan

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A Kestrel is a falcon--Falco sparverius. Sparrow Hawk is just the common name, probably because they eat small birds, rodents and insects. The European Sparrow Hawk(Accipiter nicus) sometimes shows up on the N. American east coast as an accidental.
Posted May 12, 2010 10:50 am

winemanvanbeautiful

winemanvan

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nice shot.
Posted May 12, 2010 10:39 am

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Pack AddictSubmitted by Pack Addict
on Dec 23, 2008 3:58 pm

Image ID: 474097
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Object Title: Kestrel

Image Type(s): Wildlife