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Falco subbuteo


About the size of a kestrel with long pointed wings, reminiscent of a giant swift. It has a dashing flight and will chase large insects and small birds like swallows and martins. Prey is often caught in its talons and transferred to its beak in flight. Can accelerate rapidly in flight and is capable of high-speed aerial manoeuvres.


Best looked for hunting over woodland edges, heathlands where there is plenty of large insect prey. Gravel pits are a popular feeding areas in late summer when there is plenty of food.

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BirdPics 10 years ago

Oh right, I haven't been there for a while, I love it there. Short-eared Owls, Bittern and Smew are about there at the moment.

moralcoral 10 years ago

I've been up Abberton 4 times in the last few weeks, its always sunny in the morning then when i get there pouring with rain =(

BirdPics 10 years ago

Any large body of water will usually have a Hobby hunting insects during the summer. Abberton Reservoir, Essex Wildlife Trust reserve, is good for Hobby's you can usually spot more than one during the summer. At think there was at least 6 reported one day during September

moralcoral 10 years ago

you've got a good eye, where abouts in essex do you go to see these?? im always looking for new haunts!

glbnoah109 10 years ago

Nice picture and a great informative write up.

BirdPics 10 years ago

Thanks, yeah that's ok :P

moralcoral 10 years ago

Hi Nice pic you should add this to the new british bird of prey mission i used it for the mission shot, hope thats ok, much better than mine =)

SusanEllison 11 years ago


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Maldon, England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Aug 9, 2011
Submitted on Aug 9, 2011

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