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Copyright: Vicky Adams (Vicky) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 94] (468)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000, Fujinon 6x zoom
Exposure: f/3.1, 1/75 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Devon and Cornwall visit 2005
Date Submitted: 2005-09-05 11:45
Viewed: 4295
Points: 11
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Oooooops!!!! It looks like THIS is the Buzzard, not the one I posted originally, so have had to do a quick turn around. The one I thought was a Buzzard was, in fact, a Saker Falcon, so apologies all round.

Majestically soaring on the thermals above the Westcountry landscape, Buzzards (Buteo Buteo) are now a common sight.

They have a wingspan of 115-130 cm and are the largest bird of prey commonly seen in the south west of England.

Their varied diet consists of small mammals such as rabbits and earthworms. They also eat carrion.

They build large, bulky nests in mature trees from sticks. Grass and other materials such as wood are also used. 2 or 3 chicks are normally reared.

When they are not soaring, Buzzards are commonly seen sitting motionless on a telegraph pole or bare branch (see Workshop to illustrate what I mean)

Size 50-55 cm Female larger

Call Mewing

Colour Brown with lighter flecks in the plumage, but can be variable, particularly on the underside which can, from a distance, look almost cream/white.

Falconry Centre, Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

No cropping or PP, just slight sharpening before upload.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-09-05 13:02]
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Hi Vicky,

This is a nice portrait. Details are sharp and the exposure is good. The crop above the head is a little tight though and I don't really like the visible rasters of the cage. TFS!


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-09-05 16:12]

Hurrah! I've seen a buzzard - a real one this time! Thanks Cathy. She's just as pretty too. The word Buzzard reminds me of those cowboy movies and books where they talk about the buzzards flying overhead. Nice colouring in her feathers too. Well done and thank you.

Hi Vicky what a beautiful bird, nice detail although there is a a problem with the colour which a corrected with a workshop. The main concern I have with this capture is that the composition is to tight other ways, a nice capture. 5/10 Regards Steve.

Good shot Vicky
Very busy night again!!
No time to read notes, but enough time to enjoy your post.
Have a good week. TFS

Hi Vicky... so this is a buzzard. I've heard about this bird my whole life without knowing what one really looked like. Nice feather detai and expression. Nicely done and thanks for the note. :-)

Hi Vicky

Lovely expression on the face. Good light, but I have to agree on the close crop and the cage in the background. TFS

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-09-06 5:02]

Hello Vicky!
Wonderful portrait.Clear eyes and details,POV and composition are excellent.Framing is a little tight;)Very well done!TFS..:-)

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