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Buzz Posted 28-Aug-2016 08:31
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Apologies for the poor photos but were taken through glass. This bird was eating a blackbird on our lawn yesterday. At first I thought it was a sparrow hawk but then decided it was too big. About 16" long. Also not as slim as the ones we normally see. It has a yellow eye with no apparent stripe. Interesting white markings on its back which form a horse shoe shape. Tops of the legs had very fluffy downy feathers. The claws were yellow. I'm wondering if it is a juvenile something or other. Peregrine?  We do have them in the area. 

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