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European honey buzzard

European honey buzzard
Photo Information
Copyright: marios philippou (marios) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 20] (186)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-10-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus OMD M5, Zuiko 300mm f/2.8
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-11-17 12:03
Viewed: 1943
Points: 10
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The 52–60-centimetre-long (20–24 in) honey buzzard is larger and longer winged, with a 135–150-centimetre (53–59 in) wingspan, when compared to the smaller common buzzard Buteo buteo. It appears longer necked with a small head, and soars on flat wings. It has a longer tail, which has fewer bars than the Buteo buzzard, usually with two narrow dark bars and a broad dark sub-terminal bar. The sexes can be distinguished on plumage, which is unusual for a large bird of prey. The male has a blue-grey head, while the female's head is brown. The female is slightly larger and darker than the male.


It is a specialist feeder, living mainly on the larvae and nests of wasps and hornets, although it will take small mammals, reptiles and birds. It is the only known predator of the Asian giant hornet. It is thought that honey buzzards have a chemical deterrent in their feathers that protects them from wasp attack. Wikipedia

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-11-17 12:17]

Hello Marios,
Excellent photo of this Honey Buzzard in beautiful natural colours, good sharpness and a fine DOF. Great timing.

With its mouth WIDE OPEN!!!
Was it heat or a yawn?
Great timing. Lovely natural colours too.
Sharply focused.
Greetings from Mario in Canada.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-11-17 14:37]

Hello Marios,
A nice presentation of this Honey Buzzard which shows off it's plumage and unique features in fine focus. It is quite interesting finding out that it feeds mainly on the larva of hornets. Good eye contact and beautiful natural colors. Well done!!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-11-17 15:19]

Hi Marios,the pic hangs a bit to the left but no problem,this is a great capture,magnificent buzzard caught with fine detail and bright colors,and with a beautiful open beak too,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Wonderful is the study of plumage makes this gorgeous photograph.
Great portrait of this Pernis apivorus.

Hernán Bortondello

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