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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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- [2005-08-29 0:23]
Lovely shot with the dark background. Very astetich.
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.