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long-legged buzzard

long-legged buzzard
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Copyright: Carole Francois (grimmel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 71 W: 0 N: 91] (415)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-07-17 13:56
Viewed: 5184
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus) prefers the dry open plains of Turkey, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary and feeds mostly on small rodents, although it will also take lizards, snakes, small birds and large insects.

It is similar in appearance to the Rough-legged Buzzard (Buteo lagopus), but larger in size (approximate length 60-65cm / 24") and more robust. There are many different colour forms, but usually Long-leggeds have clear orange tint to plumage, red or orange tail, pale head and largely white underwings. There is usually a distinctive black carpal patch and dark trailing edge to wing. Rump and trousers are often dark or deep rufous. Plumage varies from ghostly pale individuals to very dark birds. Some plumages are almost similar to those of the Steppe Buzzard, the Eastern subspecies of the Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo vulpinus), but Long-legged Buzzards have longer wings and are more like Rough-Legged buzzards or even a small Aquila eagle.

Open, uncultivated areas, with high bushes, trees, cliffs or hillocks are favoured as nesting areas. Younger birds disperse north of breeding grounds and there are records from Northern Europe.

The breeding population in Greece is ca. 60 pairs. Recent sightings would seem to indicate that there is a small population in the Apulian region of south-eastern Italy.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-17 14:03]
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Hi Carole. a very good close up shot of the Buzzard.I like the way his head is posed. and the look in his eye. good colours and detail in the feather + light in the eye. well done TFS. good notes too.

Hi Carole,
Nice portrait of this Buzzard. The image is of great quality. If it were my image I would have probably given the Buzzard a little more head room but that is only my opinion. I like the way you have captured the light in its eye.

Hi Carole, A lovely close shot of this fine & pristine bird, the shallow DOF is excellent & the light is perfect, the razor sharp focus brings out some great detail & TFS, kind regards Wilson.

Hello Carole,
Very beautiful portrait of this buzzard.
The pose of the bird lhead downwards with an interesting look in the eye is wonderful.
I also love the feather details, colors, light in the eye and the soft background colors, against wich the buzzard does stand out perfectly, very much.
Still think that with a little work in photoshop details, clarity and color saturation can be improved.
I did give it a try.
Hopefully you like it, and when not, please tell me :)
Thanks for sharing.
Kindest regards,

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-07-17 16:32]

that's a lovely one! compo is perfecr and posture very nice.
Big point of Harry's WS is the better visible Iris, which makes it even betterf

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2007-07-17 17:20]

Hi carole
very beautiful capture and composition of this buzzard head..
fine details and a perfect DOF and POV.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-17 21:18]

Hi Carole,
You have made the buzzard look beautiful. Outstanding sharpness and details. Amazing eye. Nice natural colors. My only nit is that I think it is cropped a little close at top. TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-07-18 12:01]

Hello Carole,
Fantastic pose of this Buzzard. Light in the eye and composition are wonderful. Good details in the feathers. Excellent POV and BG.

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-07-18 12:28]

Hi Carole,
This is a very proud looking bird you have here, I like the pose of the bird and your POv. Good sharpness, details and colours. Nice blurred back ground.Thanks a lot for sharing it.

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-07-19 5:21]

This is a beautiful portrait of this Buzzard! How close were you? I really like the detailed feathers and the fantastic reflection in the eye. Also very beatiful colours in the BG.

Best regards/Bengt Falke

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  • Eeros (83)
  • [2007-07-19 17:31]

That is so handsome, I must take it to my favourites.
Thank You.

Hi Carole,
Excellent portrait! Superb!
TFS and regards,

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-08-08 11:34]

Hi Carole,
I think you have caught this beautiful buzzard in a great pose. Perfect sharpness and details and I love the colours and the bg.
Thanks for sharing Paula

Super Obnahm!
Nascht ze meckeren, tiptop!

Hello Carole,
what a nice portraite of Long-legged Buzzard with interesting looking face. Great details and sharpness. Nicely composed. Eyes contact, BG, POV also very nice. thanks
best wishes

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-08-22 13:55]

Hello Carole, a really nice portrait of this Buzzard, sharp, well exposed and a very good composition ! Thanks,


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