Hi. I'm looking for help to identify this bird. It was on coastal marsh land in Lancashire in late December 2016. Unfortunately it was at quite some distance (100m +) so I struggled to get any decent images.
With nothing to gauge against for size I'd say it was as large as a Buzzard with yellow legs and yellow eyes. It flew low and slow along a water gully and landed 4 times on high vantage points (such as they were).
While in flight its wing tips reached a straight down position. My first thought for an ID was Sparrowhawk but the size is all wrong and the facial markings (bottom image) don't match either. Could this be a Goshawk?
Any help is much appreciated. Thanks.