long time no see - not posted for a while, but do still pop round from time to time!
I was out and about yesterday testing a camera lens when I came across a bird, but am struggling to identify it. Image quality is quite poor - the bird was a long way away and it's handheld at 560mm.....and it turns out the lens with extender isn't that great either!
Can anyone tell me what it is? Guessing a red kite, but don't really know!
Did you watch it for some time in flight? A Kestrel has a fairly unique hunting pattern, in that it hunts in 'figure of eight' movements, gradually moving away from one point, either to one side or another, dependent upon the country it overflies and the prey animals likely to be there. Before egg-laying, you will often see a mature pair hunting together like this, I have watched them for hours.
Having said that, I believe your picture is that of a Red Kite. Same forked tail, but does appear to have the reddish-brown plumage. Out here in Lincolnshire we mostly have Sparrowhawks, Kestrels and Buzzards, which are making a great comeback. And there is an escaped Eagle Owl somewhere, if still alive. Without a mate, of course.