Unusual Raptor Sighting at Albany Bulb

Annie Vargas
 

I would like to ask for your help in identifying a raptor photographed this
morning at Albany Bulb during a bird walk by the East Bay Nature group. It
was perched on one of the tall towers across the water from the
"sculptures" area of the park. The photos were shot from a distance but
hopefully can provide enough detail to identify the bird.

By all accounts it looks like a Short-tailed Hawk. I know how very unlikely
this is. In flight it was extremely aerodynamic and flew more like a falcon
than a hawk. Thank you for any help that you can provide.

I have posted 3 pictures at the following link:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/183140474@N02/?

Happy Birding,

Annie Vargas
Walnut Creek

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