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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital ISO-800, Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-14 5:50
Viewed: 4446
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here's a Buzzard from the British Wildlife Centre in Surrey.

I hope you like it!

Common Buzzard - Buteo buteo

Hawks, vultures and eagles (Accipitridae)

The commonest UK bird of prey, it is quite large with broad, rounded wings, and a short neck and tail. When gliding and soaring it will often hold its wings in a shallow 'V'. It is variable in colour from all dark brown to birds with pale heads and breasts, all have dark wingtips and an unbanded tail.

Where to see them
Greatest numbers in Scotland, Wales, the Lake District and SW England. Found on farmland with wooded hills, moorland and in more arable areas to the east where it is spreading. Look for birds soaring over wooded hillsides in fine weather, or perched on fence posts and pylons.

When to see them
All year round. Birds soar, display and call most in spring.

What they eat
Small mammals, birds and carrion.


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  • tariq Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 1 N: 2] (2)
  • [2009-02-14 6:05]

a crisp and focused photo with in depth details and wel composed too.TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-14 6:42]

Hello Joe,
Wonderful close portrait of a Buzzard in beautiful light. Excellent sharpness, beautiful colours and nicely framed.
TFS and have a nice weekend! Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-14 7:39]

Hello Joe,
Fantastic portrait of this Buzzard in very beautiful natural colours and excellent sharpness an details. Splendid light and OOF BG. Very good composition.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-14 9:34]

Hi Joe. You were able to get a good close up of this beautiful bird. We now have many around here. they are breading a lot more now . I like the shine in the large brown eyes. and detail in the featehrs. all with natural colours. well done TFS.

Hi Joe,

Sharp, good composition, detail and full frame. Background helps the image as well.


hello joe
super picture
great sharpness
and very good details of the bird
great shot
greeting lou

Hi OwlMan Joe,
Prefctly composed portrait capture of this magnificent raptoor in a wonderful composition.
TFS and Happy Valentine's Day:)!


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-14 12:59]

Hi Joe,

I've only seen Buzzards in picture and have never seen such a close-up of his face. He does resemble an Eagle. This is magnificent with fantastic details of the face, eye, beak and feathers. The colors are marvelous with golden tones and beautiful shadings. A perfect background and composition.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-14 13:01]

Hi Joe,
Wonderful portrait of this buzzard.I liked harmonious colors,framing,details and exposure on face a lot.
Thanks for posting.

I have only been sporadic about my postings Joey since you have been....but I caught that last one:-) Good show and teh young Master returns!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-14 13:40]

Hello Joe,
Very impressive capture . Excellent exposure terrific sharpness and detail. Superb.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Joe
This is a fine portrait of a buzzard..The sharpness is just right.
All the Best Billy

Hi Joe,
a very beautiful portrait of this Buteo buteo taken from an excellent POV with superb sharpness and lighting, i like the close composition, wonrdeful eye contact and bright colours.
TFS. Best regards.

hi Joe,

great portrait of this Buzzard.
Razor sharpness and with beautiful details and colours.


Ciao Joe, superb portrait with fantastic details and superb sharpness, perfect focus, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hi Joe,
A nice closeup portraiture of this buzzard. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-15 7:12]

Hi Joe.
You have shared a stunning portrait of this amazing bird. I cannot imagine better work. I like all components of true photo art. Pose and framing, lights and colours, DOF and details/sharpness of all reflected parts of the bird, BG – all these things are the best. My congratulations and best wishes.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-02-16 22:31]

Hi Joe!

I stopped at this picture because the Buzzard's eyes are terrific. They have a strong expression and the perfect close-up highlights this at best.

Kind regards


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-02-19 2:50]

Merhaba Joe,
Harika bir yırtıcı portresi sunmuşsun. Detaylar gerçekten müthiş görünüyor. Tebrikler.


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