Posted: 05/02/2014 at 18:27
Thanks all, I did consider buzzard, I looked at anything I could think of because 'Eagle' sounded so ridiculous, but the colour is the one thing that keeps me coming back to an Eagle and the Hen Harriers look too light, weight-wise and the colour isn't solid like the bird I saw. So hard to gauge the size, it wasn't that far away from me, about 20 ft at the most, it was slow in the air, it didn't move a wing at all except to bank around the next doors bungalow and all the time looking left to right, scanning the ground.
If only I'd have jumped out of my seat to see it fly away and get a different view of it. The only time I saw anything but the profile was when it banked slightly as it went over the neighbours garden and behind the tree. I can't help feeling the speed of it moving gives a hint of the size. Though in moments like that time slows down doesn't it?
Verdun, did you mean with a handler? You had me excited for second.
I suppose I'll never know unless I hear of someone else seeing it. Well thanks so much everyone for your suggestions and comments I really appreciate it and I feel I've learned a bit more about birds of prey and will join the RSPB.