Having taken photos of both, you'd think I'd know by now, and certainly a peregrine in my old location wouldn't confuse me :) But I didn't expect to see one where I am now. so was caught off guard. In fact, when I took the pic, I assumed it was a sparrowhawk. It wasn't til i saw the 'tache I realised I'd got a falcon. Looking at it on screen, the 'tache seems chunky enough for a peregrine, but the bird seems a bit more... delicate. It was too far away and all happened too quickly for me to get any good body detail. However, the lack of definite stripes makes me think peregrine rather than hobby. But still, I keep thinking it looks a bit small.
I think it's going to be a peregrine, but when in doubt, check. :)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_dewey/sets/72157623533703702/ (there's birds there - and some are actually sharp!)
I'm on the Peregrine side of this fence :)
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Peregrine for me too,just does not look right for Hobby,maybe a little bit "chunky " despite your doubts.
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Thanks Aiki - that is rather cool. I haven't seen one since I moved :'( so it's rather nice to know one might be lurking in these parts too.
Thanks Seaman - I was leaning towards Peregrine myself. I think it's just the head, for me, looks a little large - but that might be a trick of the light, foreshortening, camera angle, anything really. :)
It's a Peregrine to me-
1- the outer wings are proportionately too short for Hobby
2- the chest is too deep for Hobby
3- the tail is too short for Hobby
4- the underwing is well barred but to me they arent heavy enough
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Thanks for the extra things to look out for S