As you can see, you really don’t want to mess with a buzzard….you wouldn’t want to be a shrew or a mouse either.
These raptors have a good life here in the Frisian meadows…and there are a multitude of convenient perching posts to enable them to survey their territory. It’s worth bearing in mind to move slowly when they are around too because they do have a habit of attacking people during nesting time…especially cyclists and joggers.
These photographs were taken last August just in case you are wondering about the lush green meadows and the obvious difference in the light…it’s been more than 6 months since I’ve been there, yet I do hear some vague rumours (spread by the hopeful songs of great tits and blackbirds) that the winter will eventually give up…
Until that fine day I have only an archive of memories to share, which in turn prove to me that spring and summer really do exist, so you’ll have to forgive my random indulgence. 😉
Underneath is the best view I had of a marsh harrier the same day I met the buzzard….the harriers’ speciality is flying slow and silent, almost levitating at times.
I am left breathless… … … my only comment being concerning your “buzzard” above? That would have to be the most handsome of birds to have ever borne that name… In my parts a common buzzard is just like folklore and our early “cartoons” depicted – a most unsightly bird, at best truly. But your lovely Friesland fellow, he’s a lovely strong bird of compact size. His feathers must tell the tale. He must need them to fly back and forth from the North Oceans… 🙂
April 6, 2013 at 12:41 am
And this marsh harrier… (“harrier”) not a word I have ever heard… low, slow and almost levitating…. this chap bears some further exploring… 🙂
April 7, 2013 at 7:35 am
We have many buzzards in the woods just across our street. Always pleasant to observe them
August 9, 2014 at 1:19 pm
It certainly is…the young buzzards are making a lot of noise lately too! Thank you for your comment! 🙂
August 9, 2014 at 1:23 pm