Hearing the distinctive call of the Buzzard, I expected to spot one or maybe two birds…. I hadn’t expected to see five Buzzards all circling overhead!
They were a bit high up to get a really clear photo, but zooming in on the pictures, it’s definitely 4 regular coloured Buzzards, and one which seems to have paler wings (top right in the second photo).
I hadn’t heard the Buzzards for a while, so when I heard one calling, I grabbed my camera to see if I could spot it.
I wasn’t too sure if the crow was chasing the Buzzard, or if the Buzzard was trying to chase the crow, but after they disappeared from view, three Buzzards started circling, as if the first one had brought in reinforcements!
Most of the Buzzards I’ve seen look the same colouring, but one of these three looked paler than the others….
Unfortunately that one didn’t want to co-operate and fly any closer so I could get a clearer photo!
A clear blue sky makes it so much easier to spot the Buzzards soaring overhead – somehow they seem to disappear from sight if they fly past a cloud!
These two were in the distance, and stubbornly refused to fly any closer- not sure if they’re a ‘pair’ or just two Buzzards that happened to be flying in the same direction 😉
We could hear them before we spotted them in the almost cloudless blue sky – two Buzzards, closely followed by a third!
This one looks paler than the others I’ve taken photos of before – not sure if that’s down to the season, or if it’s just a paler variant.
This has to be my favourite of the photos – I’ve not got such a clear photo from that distance previously, but I also haven’t ever seen a Buzzard from that angle before now!
Another bird of prey today – back to the Buzzards! They seemed pretty vocal for some reason – I’m not sure if it’s trying to scare off the gulls, or just communicating to another buzzard.
I think this one must be moulting – there’s a lot of wing feathers that seem to be missing!
At least the missing feathers made this particular Buzzard easily identifiable!
For a bird of prey, Buzzards certainly like to announce their arrival. Their high pitched whistle-like call is pretty easy to identify, and usually means there’s a chance of a semi-decent photo!
Ok, the first photo is relatively blurry, but the Buzzard was swooping down into a field, so I had a split second to take this before it disappeared behind the trees. I have caught sight of it diving like this a little closer to where I was standing, but I wasn’t quick enough with my camera that time!
It wasn’t just one Buzzard – as they starting soaring higher, it was clear there were two….
And zooming in as they circled, I was lucky enough to get a clear photo with both of them together!
But as they flew even higher and I had to zoom out to keep track of where they were, a third bird joined them (bottom right of the photo below), which looks very much like another Buzzard!
All I need to do now, is hope they swoop down low while I have my camera ready!