Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Grotty photo for ident - buzzard??

Heard a group of corvids kicking up a racket. Looked up to see a large light coloured bird just gliding high up across the sky. Rushed for the 50D and got a few very hurried snapshots. Should have checked the settings first. Anyway this is best (?) of a very disappointly grotty bunch.


Looking through Collins Complete Guide the only one I could find which matched the markings is the Rough-Legged Buzzard. Whether that is correct or not I would love to find out. If correct then it will be the first Buzzard I have seen and apparently a less common one to boot.


  1. John, I think it's a Honey Buzzard. Most likely a male.

  2. Hi John, Only a suggestion but I think it may be the pale form of (Common) Buzzard.

    1. You could well be correct we had some pale ones in Derbyshire but I don't remember the black wing markings. Honey Buzzard are about half the size of a proper one.

  3. Common Buzzard John. There are a lot of variations in plumage.

  4. Yes Common Buzzard John. Never easy to shoot as they are always so high.


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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