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Re: Hobby, Eurasian

Unread post by davejenny » Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:13 pm

bert wrote:8)
Even a very rare bird in western-europe


Fortunately I've often seen them in numbers up to 10 birds at Shapwick Heath in Somerset (UK) during Spring/summer. I must be very fortunate to see them if they're rare. Also got to see the first ever Great (White) egret chicks that have ever bred in UK at Shapwick Heath last Summer :)

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Unread post by granjan » Wed Oct 01, 2014 5:58 pm

The first hobby I've seen, flying over my garden this morning and being harrassed by jackdaws.

Very soon it'll be on its way back to you!

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Re: Hobby, Eurasian

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Mon Feb 02, 2015 3:34 pm

granjan wrote:The first hobby I've seen, flying over my garden this morning and being harrassed by jackdaws.

Very soon it'll be on its way back to you!

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Re: Hobby, Eurasian

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Mar 03, 2016 8:08 am

Young bird.

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Re: Hobby, Eurasian

Unread post by addictedToBirds » Thu Mar 03, 2016 8:29 am

Hi WTM,

What do you look for in a young bird to confirm the ID?

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Re: Hobby, Eurasian

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Mar 03, 2016 9:26 am

Hi Addicted,

Young Eurasian Hobbies can only really be confused with female and immature Amur, Red-footed and more heavily streaked immature Lanner Falcons.
Size-wise it is more related to Amur Falcon and the Lanner is considerably bigger than the Hobby.

The Amur and Red-footed Falcons have red/orange legs and feet whereas the Hobby have yellow legs and feet.

Apart from the size difference, which is not always easy to judge from a distance, the other distinction from Lanner is that in flight the wings of the Hobby are more slender and longer and when perched the wings reach to the tip of the tail or surpass the tail whereas the Lanner's wings doesn't reach the tail tip.

Eurasian Hobby - http://www.laine-dirk.co.za/photos/173/173.html
Lanner Falcon - http://www.laine-dirk.co.za/photos/172/172.html
Amur Falcon - http://www.laine-dirk.co.za/photos/180/180.html
Red-footed Falcon - http://www.laine-dirk.co.za/photos/179/179.html
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