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Augur Buzzard

Augur Buzzard
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1998-07-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: nikon f 50, AF Nikkor 70-210, Fuji Sensia 100
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-20 5:14
Viewed: 7133
Points: 76
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This is an old photo of an Augur Buzzard, buteo augur, pale morph female, from my archive. It is a scanned slide. This bird landed just near our truck at the entrance of the NP.

Appears black from behind and white from the front except for rufous and black forms. Grey- barred secondaries and rufous of tail and (in some individuals) throat evident at closer range. Juvenile appears brown above and buff below. Usually sits rather vertically and appears dumpy with large, rounded head and long primaries extending well past tail.

Characteristic wing shape with very broad secondaries, long, pointed primaries and short tail. Below white with black trailing edge and wing tips, also black 'comma' at wrist. Body and under- wing coverts rufous or black in respective forms. Above, grey bars obvious on secondaries and primary bases. Often on the wing, usually soaring on raised wings with upturned tips and rocking flight, or hanging in the wind with bent wrists, but can flap fast with shallow, stiff wingbeats.

Spends much time perched in the open, on rocks, mounds, trees or utility poles. Also hunts on the wing for long periods, soaring or kiting, from where it descends slowly on the main small- animal prey of reptiles and rodents. Also capable of fast, rapacious hunting of hares, hyrax and gamebirds. Calls with loud, yelping notes at perch or on the wing. Builds a large stick-nest on a rockface or in a tree.

Above black, including head. Below white, including underwing coverts (except for black carpal patch). Flight feathers black above, barred with pale grey, especially on secondaries. Below white with broad, black tips; barring only faintly visible. Tail deep rufous, sometimes with faint, dark grey bars. Fema1e has black throat and/or collar on sides of neck. Form common in Somalia (Archer's Buzzard) rufous below with black streaks on white throat and chest and rufous wash over shoulders. Form common (10-55% of population) in wet forested areas of northern and eastern Africa is black below. Bill black; eyes brown; cere and stout, bare legs and feet yellow. Female about 4% larger (male 880-1 160 g, female 1 097-1 303 g).
Above brown; feathers have slightly paler tips, producing scalloped effect. Below pale buff with brown streaks on throat and sides of breast. Density of streaking individually variabie from fine pale brown to heavy dark brown. Flight feathers grey-brown, wings barred with darker grey, as in adult, tail rufous-brown with faint, narrow, dark bars and broader subterminal barid. Eye, cere and legs pale yellow.

Patchy distribution from Ethiopia southwards to Namibia and Zimbabwe. Occupies hilly and mountainous country, from sea level to the highest peaks. Favours areas with rockfaces, wooded slopes, or exotic plantations for roosting and nesting, interspersed with more open grasslands for hunting. Apparently sedentary; commonest buzzard and widespread in eastern Africa, only locally common elsewhere.

In flight, most resembles adult Bateleur (white underwing, black trailing edge and short, rufous tail similar; but body always black; back rufous or cream; face and legs red (adult) or blue-green (juvenile); longer, narrower wings) or longer-winged adult Black- chested Snake-eagle (barred underwing and tail; black head and chest; often hovers). Juvenile paler below and more streaked than other brown buzzards, more like juvenile hawk-eagles which have feathered legs and smaller, more crested heads. Overlaps in Namibia with identically shaped ]ackal Buzzard (mixed black, white and rufous below; black underwing coverts).

Source: Sasol: Birds of Prey of Africa and its Islands by Alan & Meg Kemp

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-20 5:20]

Hi Peter,
Dit prachtige vangst. Welke kleur is prachtig verenkleed!
De top samenstelling. Uitmuntend en POV's.
Een mooie zaterdag,

Hello Peter,
a very beautiful picture from a scanned slide, a fantastic posture of this splendid bird of prey, excellent POV and composition.
Best regards
Ciao Maurizio

hello Peter

excellent close-up film photo of this Buzzard, fine low POV
and framing, fine focus sharpness and details, beautiful light,



Ciao Peter, great capture of splendid buteo, wonderful sharpness and great details, beautiful natural colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-02-20 6:03]

Fine portrait of the great species, good pose. tfs.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-02-20 6:11]

Hallo Peter.

Mooie foto van een indrukwekkende vogel.
Je kunt zien dat het een gescande dia is maar ik vind de kwaliteit alleszins acceptabel.

Gr. Hans

Hello Peter, excellent shot of a buzzard in a beautiful pose.
TFS and regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-02-20 6:30]

Hello Peter,
A fine capture of an Augur Buzzard presented from a well scanned slide. The POV, pose, composition and technical aspects are excellent and it contrasts well with the savannah grass.
Thanks and enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Hi Peter,
Truly a majestic bird and possessing a very interesting attitude. Excellent shot, with a perfect POV, and a light level really well handled. Very good note attached.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-02-20 6:43]

Hello Peter,
An excellent capture of this elegant Buzzard in a fine pose among the grass. Excellent details and I love its colours. Well done!
TFS and have a nice weekend, Ulla

striking raptor, TFS Ori

Hi Peter,
A great capture of Buzzard.
I like the body color texture and the POV.
TFS and best regards,

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-02-20 8:00]

Hallo Peter,

Ook al is de foto twaalf jaar oud, de Buizerd is niet veranderd.
Nochtans laat deze roofvogel zich moeilijk verschalken.
Prachtige foto, scherp en aantrekkelijk.
Op dergelijke foto staat geen datum, bedankt.

Prettig weekend,

Hello Peter,

A great shot of Augur Buzzard with lovely colors, markings & pose. Well taken & presented.

TFS & best regards.


Hi Peter,

Awesome capture of a lovely raptor from nice POV while looking towards his front side with great colours, details and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice WE!


hello Peter
this is from twelve years ago. I think it was scanned from dia film. great results and captured of Augur Buzzard. the species is different from our buzzards. nice to see such a new species. thanks for sharing, have a good evening

Dear Peter!

Many thanks for this superb souvenir from Tanzania. I wish I could visit this country... I like your picture very much, especially for the effect created by the bird's pose. It seems to be so proud and confident, sure that it is superior to other animals. The simplicity of your composition gives the viewer a fine overall impression of this marvellous bird.

Kind regards


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-02-20 8:53]

Hi Peter,
Very nice shots ...
Frame, sharp detail and natural colors are great.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-20 9:01]

Hi Peter
Wonderful capture this lovely Augur Buzzard.
Details and colors are great!

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2010-02-20 9:47]

hello sir,
one of the best pictures of this specie, (that too from a film camera) :)
nice details seen

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-20 10:54]

Hi Peter. It maybe an old picture from your archives but what a beauty. You were so lucky it landed so close with the side view. You were able to taken it with fine detail and natural colours.A very proud looking bird . All with interesting notes. well taken TFs.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-20 11:03]

Hello Peter,
Very good shot of this Augur Buzzard with astounding details and lovely colours.Very nice natural lighting and exposure and you have captured a fine pose here. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Best regards siggi

hallo Peter
super mooie opname van deze mooie vogel
goed van details en mooie kleuren
groetjes lou

Hi Peter. A beautiful shot with nice sharpness and details.
Thanks for sharing..
Best Regards

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-02-20 14:23]

Hola Peter.
You took this photo a long time ago, but still beautiful in all aspects Peter. Never seen this beauty before.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-02-20 16:36]

Hi Peter,

This is a first for me! What an amazing looking Buzzard with the black and white feathers. Lucky you that he landed near your truck. I love his regal pose and the fine details of his face and wings.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-02-20 20:44]
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Hello Peter,
Wonderful image of this splendid looking raptor with well feathered legs. Thank you for sharing this nice image with us Peter. How many times have you gone to Africa Peter and how has it changed over the years?

Hi dear Peter ,
Great work.
Excellent details with vivid colours.
Very well done

Kind regards

Ciao Peter. An imponente pose you've captured. Good light's work and colours result.


Hello Peter,
Great capture with very nice colours and details ofthis Buzzard.
A wonderful bird. The image is excellent and also the natural environment.

Hi Peter.
Wonderful capture of this amazing bird.
Very good close-up.
Best regards.Alin.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-02-21 7:32]

Hello agin Peter, splendid shot of this raptor. The pose, pov, details and composition are wonderful.
TFS ang G's,

hello Peter,
magnificent bird, it's a very fine scene and photo output!
"keep photographing!" TFS

Hullo Peter,
This is a stunning image. Good detail and comp. Well done and thanks for sharing.

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  • nokk Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 16 W: 0 N: 21] (214)
  • [2010-02-22 1:24]

hi Peter,
very elegantly presented,of this Buzzard, fine low POV
and framing,light and details are very refined
my compliments,

Habilidad al haber podido "cazar" a este magnífico ejemplar que no conocía y que tan elegante y bello se ve. Como en algunas de tus últimas fotos creo que falta algo de nitidez en el conjunto.
Saludos Peter: J. Ignasi.

Hello Peter
you was very lucky that this superb bird was landing just near your Truck
so you had captured it with so fine details, the light is very good andhis pose is very beautiful
the small yellow flowers in his surroundings are nice
Have a good night

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-02-23 2:45]

Merhaba Peter,
çok asil ve güzel bir kuş, fotoğraf da öyle.
Tebrik ederim, selamalr..

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