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Goshawk - Accipiter gentilis - male. W 100-115cm. Impressive, buzzard-sized raptor. In flight, note broad, rounded wings and relatively long but thickset barred tail. Soaring birds fan their tails and splay white, fluffy, undertail. Close view (an unusual event) reveals orange eye, yellow legs and feet, and striking pale supercilium. Sexes are similar but male is smaller than female. Adult has mainly grey-brown upperparts; pale underparts are marked with fine dark barring. Juvenile has brown upperparts; buffish underparts are marked with dark, teardrop-shaped spots. Voice Utters a harsh kie-kie-kie in breeding season. Status Scarce but easily overlooked. Favours wooded habitats with adjacent open country.
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Goshawk - Accipiter gentilis - male. W 100-115cm. Impressive, buzzard-sized raptor. In flight, note broad, rounded wings and relatively long but thickset barred tail. Soaring birds fan their tails and splay white, fluffy, undertail. Close view (an unusual event) reveals orange eye, yellow legs and feet, and striking pale supercilium. Sexes are similar but male is smaller than female. Adult has mainly grey-brown upperparts; pale underparts are marked with fine dark barring. Juvenile has brown upperparts; buffish underparts are marked with dark, teardrop-shaped spots. Voice Utters a harsh kie-kie-kie in breeding season. Status Scarce but easily overlooked. Favours wooded habitats with adjacent open country.

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Date: 10 Dec 2014
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Credit: PAUL STERRY/Nature Photographers Ltd
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