|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!)
Had probably the same bird over Cliftonville Dyl,great post btw, needless to say the score remained goalless.ReplyDelete
It was one of those moments! I wanted, so much, it to be a Black Kite, but I couldn't swing (string) it.
Should have been stood along the Nash Road, perhaps?
I just thought your post was so on the money on these tatty raptors that can at distance and with poor viewing conditions can clearly be taken for another species by the unwary (Buzzards and Marsh Harriers) I have seen each with tail forks and the like and I too have wished I'd been watching the real deal, 35 years solid birding in Kent and I've seen 1 Black Kite. I live in hope...Delete