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Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo)


Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo)
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT)
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-27 8:36
Viewed: 3690
Points: 16
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Bufo

The Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) is a bird of prey from the Old World. It is typically between 51-57 cm in length with a 110 to 130 cm wingspan, making it a medium-sized raptor. Its range covers most of Europe and extends into Asia. It is resident except in the coldest parts of its range.

It breeds in woodland, but usually hunts over open land. It eats mainly small mammals, and will come to carrion.

Buzzards do not normally form flocks, but several may be seen together on migration or in good habitat. The Victorian writer on Dartmoor, William Crossing, noted that he had on occasions seen flocks of 15 or more at some places.

This broad-winged raptor has a wide variety of plumages, and in Europe can be confused with the similar Rough-legged Buzzard (Buteo lagopus) and the only distantly related Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus), which mimics the Common Buzzard's plumage for a degree of protection from Northern Goshawks.

The call is a plaintive peea-ay, similar to a cat's meow.

So this is 'probably' wrong:
I think this is a young Golden Eagle. I'm not sure. Maybe completely wrong...
Beak seems to be too small even for a young one.

The Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) is one of the best known birds of prey in the Northern Hemisphere. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae.

There are five subspecies of the Golden Eagle:
Eurasian Golden Eagle (A. c. chrysaetos)
American Golden Eagle (A. c. canadensis)
Spanish Golden Eagle (A. c. homeryi)
Japanese Golden Eagle (A. c. japonica)
Russian Berkut (A. c. daphanea)

Golden Eagles are renowned for their striking appearance and combining power with agility in flight.
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Hi Annick,
Nice shot of this beautiful bird. I'm not very good at identifying birds of prey so I cannot tell which specie this is... I like this POV and this great eye contact. Lightning is good too but I guess that it is a bit OE on its head but you also have some shadow in the right part, so I guess that wasn't easy to calibrate... This is very well done anyway… That must be so impressive to have him looking at you like this... :) TSF,
Claudine

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  • Pedda Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 1 N: 247] (1287)
  • [2006-09-27 8:50]

Great photo. I like that you managed to capture the spirit of the bird. I like the intensive eyes on the bird.

But like you I'm not sure if it's a eagle or a falcon but I guess that someone here will correct us.

Bonjour,
Vraiment décidé, cet aigle.
Bonne journée.
clnaef

Nice shot Annick,
common buzzard (buteo buteo) if you ask me.
Regards, Jacob

Great interaction, especially the eyes contact.

NICELY COMPOSED SHOT. THE BIRD IS LOOKING STARIGHT IN TO THE LENS OF CAMERA AND THIS IS AMAZING. THE POV IS GOOD. DOF EXCELLENT. SHARPNESS IS GOOD. GOOD WORK. KEEP IT UP.
TFS
REGARDS
PANKAJ

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-09-27 12:34]

AWESOME PORTRAIT!LOVE the POV..TFS!!

Hi
this very nice shot,good detail and composition! I like this foto.
Good work!
TFS DAVID

Very nice portrait shot Annick, great sharpness and POV, well captured too. Good colours an very nice bg. This is a great composition. Thank you for posting.
Gr.
Heinz

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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
  • [2006-09-29 11:37]

Hi Annick,

You took a great shot of this magnificent bird.
Great how he' s looking your way, you caught him on a good moment.
Love the colours and composition.
Thanks for sharing.

Greetings, Nel

Hi Annick,
This is a lovely head shot of this common Buzzard. I have seen family groups of 5 circling the sky here in the UK. A bit more DOF would have shown the breast feathering sahrper and IMO would enhance the photo even more.
Peter

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