Can you tell me whether this tame bird I pho­tographed in Kent is an es­capee?

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QThis bird has been around for a few days, a few miles from Can­ter­bury in Kent. It seems very tame. Could it be an es­capee? Les Irvine

AAt first sight this looks a good bet for be­ing a young Rough-legged Buz­zard – the pale head and breast, the pale area on the wing, and the very white un­der­tail are all good ID char­ac­ter­is­tics, or it could be a pale Buz­zard. Un­for­tu­nately, the grass is ob­scur­ing the bot­tom of the legs, so we can’t see ex­actly how far the ‘trousers’ ex­tend (or whether the birds has any jesses, which would in­di­cate it was an es­caped fal­con­ers’ bird). Rough-legged Buz­zards aren’t much used by fal­con­ers, though. At least one ju­ve­nile Rough-leg was seen around Kent late last year, so per­haps this is one of them. The jury is still out on this one.

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