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Raptor ID quiz
ONE autumn day, you flush a pale bird of prey from the upper branches of a small tree on a coastal heath. This looks like none of the Common Buzzards you’ve seen before, but wary of the chances of an anomalous bird, you make copious notes and take some quick record shots as it flies away, to try and put a name to it.
With the details of the head, legs, tail and upperwing and underwing all duly noted, as well as its overall structure and proportions, you think you may be able to conclusively identify this unusual raptor. What is it?
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