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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-12-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-01-02 8:55
Viewed: 1805
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note


The Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) is a medium to large bird of prey, whose range covers most of Europe and extends into Asia. It is typically between 5157 cm in length with a 110 to 150 cm (1 metre to a metre and half) (4860 inch) wingspan, making it a medium-sized raptor. There are around 40,000 breeding pairs in Britain. It is usually resident all year, except in the coldest parts of its range, and in the case of one subspecies.

It breeds in woodlands, usually on the fringes, but favours hunting over open land. It eats mainly small mammals, and will come to carrion. A great opportunist, it adapts well to a varied diet of pheasant, rabbit, other small mammals to medium mammals, snakes and lizards, and can often be seen walking over recently ploughed fields looking for worms and insects. The birds have incredible strength and are therefore able to pick up food of all weights.

Buzzards do not normally form flocks, but several may be seen together on migration or in good habitat. The Victorian writer on Dartmoor, William Crossing, noted he had on occasions seen flocks of 15 or more at some places. Though a rare occurrence, as many as 20 buzzards can been spotted in one field area, approximately 30 metres apart, so cannot be classed as a flock in the general sense, consisting of birds without a mate or territory. They are fiercely territorial, and, though rare, fights do break out if one strays onto another pair's territory, but dominant displays of aggression will normally see off the interloper. Pairs mate for life. To attract a mate (or impress his existing mate) the male performs a ritual aerial display before the beginning of spring. This spectacular display is known as 'the roller coaster'. He will rise high up in the sky, to turn and plummet downward, in a spiral, twisting and turning as he comes down. He then rises immediately upward to repeat the exercise.

This broad-winged raptor has a wide variety of plumages, and in Europe can be confused with the similar Rough-legged Buzzard (Buteo lagopus) and the only distantly related Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus), which mimics the Common Buzzard's plumage for a degree of protection from Northern Goshawks. The plumage can vary in Britain from almost pure white to black, but is usually shades of brown, with a pale 'necklace' of feathers.

The call is a plaintive peea-ay, similar to a cat's meow.

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Hallo Marius
Your camerawork here is excellent! You captured this Buzzard beautifully showing the details of its feathers and eyes so well. The colours is also very pretty and is well seen against the multi-coloured background. Thanks for sharing a super image. Best regards.

Ciao Marius, great capture of lovely buzzard, beautiful WS too, lfine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, Happy New Year 2013, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-01-02 11:12]

Hi Marius,2 spectacular captures taken in the Xmas day! How is nice the first and how is perfect the in-flight version,magnificent work! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hi Marcus
A very striking bird. Birds of prey always look like they mean business and this one is no different.
Nice setting, great capture.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

Hello Marius
Interesting bird and beautiful photo with good composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness!
My best wishes for a Happy New Year for you and for your family!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-01-03 4:41]

Very cute bird of prey, interesting to see on the grass, well done. tfs.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-01-03 5:11]

Hello Marius,
A very natural shot of this bird of prey. I also like a lot your picture in the WS. I appreciate a lot the way you show the Buzzard in its natural habitat. Well managed light too.
Kind regards

Hello Marius,

Hope you are well, my friend. Happy new year! You are an expert photographer, Marius. This is a magnificent shot, the focus is inch perfect and the bird almost seems alive, it sort of creates a 3D effect with vivid colours and background. I am also impressed by the workshop picture. You have a unique knack and I am an admirer......thanks a lot for sharing.....take care....warm regards/Abid

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2013-01-03 6:23]

Hello Marius
Two great capture and love both of them.Nice point of view and sharp image.Colours are natural and beautiful.I also like that catch light in the eye.The inflight image is also great
TFS Michel

Hello Marius,
the picture taken from a good angle with perfect clarity.
you are achieving a best result from your lens.
very nice work.
best wishes,

Hello Marius,
An excellent capture with beautiful colors, details & pose. Well done with a great presentation. TFS & best wishes!


hello Marius
super good sharpness and great details
lovely composition with beautiful colours 'thanks greeting lou

Ciao Marius. Excellent DOF indeed so like deatils and sharp. Impressive focused eye.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-01-04 1:22]

Buna Marius,
Beautiful capture ..
A very nice shot of this Common Buzzard, good colours and details from a nice POV.
Best wishes,

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