A bird with its head tucked in, as if thinking of sleeping or perhaps preening. So, the shape of the bill will be no help here. There are, however, plenty of clues to this bird’s identity. The relatively large head and long wings immediately suggest this may be a falcon or small hawk. The second thing to note is the overall colour, which has a warm, almost orange tone, liberally and evenly barred with dark. This colour immediately rules out birds like Sparrowhawk (which incidentally has a pale iris, not dark as here) and Merlin, which are a much darker, colder brown. Hobbies and Peregrines are never red-brown like this. This is a Kestrel. The new feathers at the base of the left wing look like adult male feathers. So this appears to be a juvenile male.
KEY FEATURES Banded feathers dark brown on a warm buff, almost orange ‘base’ Long primaries reach a long way but not to tip of long tail Long tail banded like back and wing feathers, with brown dark tip Fresh adult feathers suggest this may be a male