Common Buzzard by Colin Harvey
Common Buzzard is such a ubiquitous and often numerous bird across Britain these days that birders could be forgiven for barely raising their binoculars at the sight of one. However, Colin Harvey's super image is a reminder of just how impressive buzzards are and how we shouldn't take them for granted. It also shouldn't be forgotten that it wasn't all that long ago that this species was scarce or absent from large swathes of the country due to historical persecution.
Like many other species, Common Buzzard is becoming increasingly active and vocal as the days lengthen and the temperatures gradually climb from the depths of midwinter, and the classic 'mewing' call can be readily heard throughout spring. The bird in Colin's shot is clearly vocalising and it's easy to imagine how impressively loud it must have been at sounded close range. We often see buzzards perched in trees or soaring on thermals, but how often have you witnessed one adopt a display posture such as this, with tail spread wide? Well done to Colin on an unusual yet highly effective take on this beautiful bird of prey.
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