Buzzard (eye contact) by jdmphotography

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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 51-57 cm in length with a 110 to 130 cm (48-60 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 woodland, 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, snakes and lizards and can often be seen walking over recently ploughed fields looking for worms and insects.

They are fiercely territorial, and, though rare, fights do break out if one strays on 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. To then rise 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 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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  • jdmphotography
    jdmphotographyabout 5 years ago


  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredabout 5 years ago

    How do you get them to keep their attention youor way, wonderful work, jd…gina

  • I think it’s all down to a spot of luck on the day Gina’ thank you for the lovey comments ! ……. (-;

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  • Indrani Ghose
    Indrani Ghoseabout 5 years ago

    Wow! Another freezing look!
    Great shot!

  • Thank you kindly Indrani ! ……. (-;

    – jdmphotography

  • Andrew Paranavitana
    Andrew Paranav...about 5 years ago

    Wow, awesome mate! That is one hell of a stare. Curious.. how long do you wait to get a shot like this?

  • Thank you Andrew a bit of luck on this one really not long at all I think he liked me ! ……..

    – jdmphotography

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenabout 5 years ago

    Wow what detail on this. Awesome capture and love the eyes in this.

  • Hay Sean thank you very much my friend ! …….

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  • Jan Fijolek
    Jan Fijolekabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful portrait!

  • Thank you for your kind comments Jan ! …….

    – jdmphotography

  • mlynnd
    mlynndabout 5 years ago

    Awesome image. Instant favorite …. Lynn

  • Hi Lynn thank you for the kind comment and fav ! ……. (-;

    – jdmphotography

  • velveteagle
    velveteagleabout 5 years ago

    A wonderful stare JD.. This looks really great..

  • Thank you Chuck all my best to you my friend ! ……..

    – jdmphotography

  • joak
    joakabout 5 years ago

    some shot ..they have brilliant faces

  • I agree joak they certainly do’ thank you for the kind comments ! …..

    – jdmphotography

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleabout 5 years ago

    Awesome Shot!

  • Thank you kindly Rick ! ………

    – jdmphotography

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