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Old 25-08-17, 12:00 PM
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Hi

Snapped this bird of prey in the garden this morning. My immediate reaction was that it was a Gyr falcon but then, after Googling Peregrine falcon images for a while, there do seem to be a few white headed individuals. I presume therefore that this is just an unusually marked Peregrine. Can anyone confirm please?

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Old 25-08-17, 02:09 PM
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Looks like a Peregrine, X Gyr falcon, must be an escaped bird did you see the rings
on its legs. ??
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Old 25-08-17, 02:36 PM
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You mean a peregrine/Gyr cross? How would that happen? is it an intentional crossing in captivity?

This is the best shot I got of its legs and I can't see any rings.
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Some breeders do cross them, I don't agree with it, but that's my opinion, so with no rings this escapee must have been a breeding bird or a young one they did not ring.It may be worth
reporting it to the lost hawk society.Lost, Found, Sighted or Stolen Birds of Prey? [Archive] - Falconry ...
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Old 25-08-17, 04:49 PM
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It looks like a buzzard cross, which is really bad, because it
means there is a foreign buzzard type crossing with
our native Buteo. This is what happens when we mess with nature.
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It just looks like a buzzard to me!
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It just looks like a buzzard to me!
Mmm. Looks like a pale Buzzard to me too. What makes you immediately identify it as a falcon?
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It was taking such an interest in the small tits and finches on our bird feeders that I just assumed it was a falcon. I could well have been a buzzard but the colours don't align with anything in my bird identification books.
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