A very tame buzzard


A morning spent at Canons Farm in the company of Geoff Barter - plus the confiding Common Buzzard (above), that has taken to hanging around Reeds Rest Cottages. The buzzard appears to be well and can fly without difficulty, so why it is being so unadventurous and 'tame' I do not know. Whatever its reasons, it sits on top of roofs, chimneys, barns and posts with little care for the passing birder. The image above has not been cropped and was taken with a bridge camera.

A calmer, more sunnier day would be hard to find in the early winter, and although I couldn't claim that it was warm, the need for hat, gloves and scarf was redundant. There weren't many birds on show, so Geoff and I had to make do with a slow wander and plenty of waffle between the two of us. A flock of 60+ Skylark and a low count of four Yellowhammer (below) was made. Although I don't particularly want any, a dose of hard weather is needed to stir the ornithological pot up.

Comments

What a noble and beautifully marked raptor!
Steve Gale said…
I don't often get the chance to approach them as closely as that Simon.
Phil Slade said…
If I get within 100 yards of a Buzzard it's a miracle. Mind, we are in a major shooting area and despite Buzzards being fairly common, I'm convinced the species is controlled whe no one is around.
Steve Gale said…
Phil, this encounter was not 'the norm' for us either, but most welcome!

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