(1713) [2012-01-30 7:55
I hate to disagree with two different identifications, and I certainly concur that this is not B. buteo
, but this is a female sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
just entering her second calendar year (i.e. a bird hatched in 2011). The key identification points are the shorter, more curved upper mandible, the size and shape of the curved "blade" of that mandible, and the fact that this brown plumaged bird has transverse barring of the breast feathers. A goshawk in brown immature plumage has longitudinal streaks on the underside, and more light buff markings mixed with the darker brown colouration on the back. The sparrowhawk frequently visits gardens, even in urban areas, whereas the goshawk rarely does so. A very nicely lit image, with perfect sharpness on the critical areas and a nicely smooth background.