Hungry rat-catching hawk still hunting on Plymouth's Hoe
A HUNGRY hawk has been snapped by Herald readers continuing to hunt on Plymouth Hoe.
The strange cross-breed bird of prey was pictured earlier this month catching a large rat near the city's waterfront.
The bird, which RSPB wildlife advisor Ian Hayward said was "a bit of an oddity", has been spotted and snapped again by intrigued visitors to the Hoe in recent days.
Ian said the bird could have "mixed origins" suggesting it was a mix of the native buzzard and non-native harris hawk and/or ferruginous hawk.
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Earlier this month The Herald revealed pictures of the raptor eating a rat, which were taken by Romany Lynch, whose father Sean owns the Terrace Cafe on the Hoe.
She said the bird had not been seen in the area until the early part of September.
Her photos came just days after city MP Oliver Colvile called on the council to tackle rats on the waterfront. The call was met with criticism from council leader Tudor Evans.
Meanwhile, more readers have begun to spot the striking bird and take pictures.
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