...and finally:I looked up to see what looked to be a high flying Buzzard.I initially ignored it but then took a look through the binoculars and I could see white at the base and tips of the tail....so I took a few quick pictures as it quickly started to disappear.What I appear to have seen was an immature Golden Eagle, but now after further information, is probably a Harris's Hawk....spot of the day/week/year Harris's Hawk ? by Philip Gaulton, on Flickr
Last Edit: Oct 11, 2019 17:29:05 GMT 1 by philglt: Edit to reflect further information on the last picture
Great shots of the Bird of prey over Pickerings. I am about to stick my neck out here and get shot down in flames (or Feathers) but I do not think it is a Golden Eagle. I am not an expert either but it does look like some breed of Eagle but not quite sure. It maybe a captive bird escaped from a collector. It may be worthwhile putting it on a Bird spotters Board to see what the experts say. But anyhow its a great capture over Widnes.
No problem here Paul....I’m no expert on such birds and came to my tentative conclusion through pictures in books and on the internet. I also put the picture into an excellent app, called Merlin and it came to the same conclusion.If anyone out there knows more, opinions are welcomed.
Thanks to a suggestion by John Jones, the bird may well be a Harris Hawk. These are non-native, so don’t show on field guides but are often used by falconers. So it looks like a less interesting spot after all!