could someone help me to ID this feather please;
it was found at http://www.rutlandwater.org.uk/ this afternoon
how big is it
Looks like buzzard to me....but if there are ospreys in the area........
Because of the charateristic wavey pattern (as opposed to the stright-ish lines of other raptors) I'm thinking owl now, tawny or short eared.wing feather...
Last edited by blacktimberwolf; 13-06-2012 at 20:32.
Just had a look at some female kestrel feathers & they look very similar.....
Kestrel like for me too.
For a' that, an a' that,
It's comin' yet for a that,
That man tae man the world o'er
Shall brithers be for a' that. R.B. 1759-96
Just had a quick look through the Brown, Ferguson, Lawrence and Lees book Tracks & signs of Birds. And Kestrel would seem the best bet. I also had a look through my Buzzard feather collection but no signs of orange on any of the primary or secondary feathers. If the feather is very soft to touch it may very well be an owl.
We the most distant dwellers upon the earth, the last of the free, beyond us lies nothing but waves and rock, chieftain Calgacus
we've spent quite a bit of time trawling through photo's of various feathers online and kestrel would appear to be the best bet at the moment.
thanks for all the replies
Buzzard would be my guess as well, seems a bit on the large size for a Kestrel.