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Long-legged buzzard - Buteo rufinus

Long-legged buzzard - Buteo rufinus
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Copyright: Bedri Kalemci (bedri) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-11-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: CANON 1D Mark III, Canon 500mm f4 L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pretty - Perfect - Picture, Anna's Favourites 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-11-21 12:32
Viewed: 4123
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 30
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Long-legged buzzard - Buteo rufinus - Kızıl şahin ( Tr. )

Description :
It is similar in appearance to the Rough-legged Buzzard (Buteo lagopus), but larger (approximate length 60–65 cm / 24") and more robust. There are many different colour forms, but usually Long-leggeds have a clear orange tint to the plumage, red or orange tail, pale head and largely white underwings. There is usually a distinctive black carpal patch and dark trailing edge to the wing. The rump and "trousers" are often dark or deep rufous. Plumage varies from ghostly pale individuals to very dark ones. Some plumages are almost similar to those of the Steppe Buzzard, the eastern subspecies of the Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo vulpinus), but Long-legged Buzzards have longer wings and are more like Rough-Legged buzzards or even a small Aquila eagle.

Distribution and habitat :
It inhabits dry open plains of northern Africa, southeastern Europe, west and central Asia east to China, and across central India. Recent sightings indicate that there is a small population in the Apulian region of south-eastern Italy. Open, uncultivated areas, with high bushes, trees, cliffs or hillocks are favoured as nesting areas. Younger birds disperse north of breeding grounds and there are records from Northern Europe. The breeding population in Greece is around 60 pairs.

Reforestation in the Judean Mountains in Israel is displacing populations of the Long-legged Buzzard, and the species is moving into the Judean Foothills and competing with the Short-toed Snake Eagle there.

Feeding :
It feeds mostly on small rodents, although it will also take lizards, snakes, small birds and large insects.

Source and more than : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long-legged_Buzzard

Best regards,

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Hi Bedri,
excellent capture!
TFS & regards, Ferran

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-21 12:52]

Hello Bedri,
Pure beauty!
Into my favourites. Thanks.

striking perfect capture, TFS Ori

Hallo Bedri
Great timing on this marvellous shot, to catch the Buzzard in such a wonderful landing pose. The composition is wonderful. The colours beautiful, rich and well saturated. A definite favourite of mine. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hi Bedri,
I think this is a picture in a million! ... Congratulations!

Shot at 1/1000 seconds and it shows. Thank you for sharing. Amazing capture.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-11-21 20:01]

Hi Bedri,
Perfect capture of flying bird. GOOD natural colours and sharpness details.
Perfect background.
Regards Jiri.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-11-21 23:06]

amazing in flight capture!

La buse est nette en plein vol et le cadrage est parfait, magnifique spécimen, magnifique photo, Bravo!

Excellent image.

Very fine in-flight capture of a Buzzard, Bedri.
Every bit of the bird is in sharp focus with superb details.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-11-22 5:34]

Excellent image of this majestic buzzard, fine composition. tfs.

Hi Bedri,

Amazing photo of Buteo rufinus! Very good timing! Excellent sharpness and detail!


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2011-11-25 0:49]

Merhaba Bedri hocam!
Güzel karelerini ne özlemişim. Dolu fonda bütün detaylarıyla bir Kızıl şahin. Enfes bir kare. Tebrikler...


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2011-11-30 14:45]

Ellerine sağlık Bedri çok nefis !

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