Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Long shot

If you saw this sitting atop a bush what would you assume it to be. Gull, Heron or perhaps in a flight of misguided fancy a Gyr Falcon! When I was out on Prestwick Carr last Sunday this bird was caught in the strong late evening sun. A fellow watcher was peering through his binoculars not quite able to make the decision. Having previous of this bird I wandered up and identified the Prestwick Carr 'white chested' Common Buzzard.

Nearby a more normally marked example of the species was available for comparison appearing almost black at the distance. The white bird eventually flew in typical flappy Buzzard style making the ID complete.

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