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Honey Buzzard

Honey Buzzard
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Copyright: Paavo Sjogard (Solkku) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 12 W: 0 N: 80] (830)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 80-400 OS, SanDisk Ultra II
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-08-28 17:14
Viewed: 4408
Points: 4
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This shot is taken this summer at Korkeasaari Zoo in Helsinki, Finland.

Honey buzzard (Pernis apivorus)

Unlike most UK birds of prey, honey buzzards have adapted to a diet of insects and their larvae.

Statistics: Honey buzzards have a body length of 52-68cm, a wingspan of 135-148cm and weigh 0.7-1.4kg.

Physical Description: Honey buzzards are similar in appearance to common buzzards but are distinguished by a dark, double bar near the base of the tail. They also have longer, narrower wings than the common buzzard and a longer neck, accentuating a pigeon-like head.

Distribution: Honey buzzards range across Europe and Asia, wintering in southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. In Britain, they are regular breeders in several areas and most are found in the southern half of England.

Habitat: They inhabit forested country.

Diet: Honey buzzards rob bee and wasp nests for the insects and their larvae inside, and a small proportion of their diet includes small mammals and reptiles.

Behaviour: Because of the nature of their diet, honey buzzards are most often seen on the ground.

Reproduction: They build relatively small nests, often on the foundation of crow's nests. They lay 3-5 eggs in June-July, which are incubated by both parents for 30-35 days. Both parents feed the chicks, which fledge the nest after 40-44 days.

Voice: They are typically silent birds, but during flight they emit a piah call.

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  • zto Silver Star Critiquer [C: 36 W: 6 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-08-29 0:23]

Lovely shot with the dark background. Very astetich.

Hi Paavo

I do like the light/shadow effect in this shot. Makes for a very mysterious atmosphere. Nice catchlight in the eye. Very well composed. Thanks.

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