|Common Buzzard No.1 - obvious primary (1?) moult at the carpal bend; symmetrical feather loss |
not being a hindrance to migration for these magnificent birds of prey. Slight abrasion to the tail
producing a "notched" profile.
Emily was safely delivered back to Debbie, by 10.45hrs, and I returned to my vigil. Conditions had deteriorated somewhat, the NE wind had picked up and more clouds were scurrying across the blue skies. It wasn't long, however, before a group of three more raptors came into view. The lowest bird followed a very similar path to the first, the other two were at a much greater altitude and rapidly moved off to the north.
|Buzzard No,2 - a tatty tail, but the wings are feather perfect. It is amazing just how much |
detail is able to be recorded against a blue sky.
|Would you want to make the call? A Black Kite if you are really desperate.|
The height was not helped by the fact that the birds were against some thick clouds, from my position, thus detail is very poor. I took just four images before these two departed fast to the north.
I didn't have a problem with the lack of photos - the id isn't up for discussion. If this bird had been "tail-gating" a group of Red Kites?
|The two Common Buzzards, high over Vine Close, the second bird showing the "forked" tail|
that we associate with "kite sp." Luckily my image shows the pale breast band and
primary pattern that rules out any possibility of Black Kite (Drat!)