Handsome Buzzard!! by Macky

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PLEASE VIEW LARGE – Jackal Buzzard – Buteo rufofuscus

The Jackal Buzzard is an endemic to south-west Africa (South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland, Namibia, and marginally into Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique), and is closely related to the similar and more northerly Augur Buzzard.

Small ground mammals make up about 65% of the diet, but snakes, lizards, small ground birds, insects, and road-kill are also taken. Typically, the raptor drops on its prey after ‘hanging’ on an updraft, from a hover, or from a perch.

Jackal Buzzards prefer mountainous and hilly terrain, with the majority of nests being built on cliffs. Interestingly they also typically nest on a variety of artificial structures, including electricity pylons and telephone poles, particularly in Namaqualand. It breeds from late-winter to early-summer throughout its range. Large nestlings have been observed in the nest on telephone poles in the Springbok-Vioolsdrift area during November and December. Photographed in Hout Bay, Western Cape, South Africa.


raptor, macky, south africa, jackal buzzard, buteo rufufuscus

My interest in the field of photography began in childhood, starting with film, then a ‘splatter’ of videography and finally the migration to DSLR photography.

I hope you enjoy viewing my interpretation of the Natural World through my lens.

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  • Tomatohead
    Tomatoheadalmost 5 years ago

    Handsome indeed!!

  • Thank you Nelson!! :-)

    – Macky

  • jesika
    jesikaalmost 5 years ago

    Handsome indeed, Macky, he’s gorgeous

  • Thank you J!!

    – Macky

  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...almost 5 years ago

    great capture!!

  • Thank you Dave & Trena!!

    – Macky

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottalmost 5 years ago

    wonderful capture Macky

  • Thanks very much Robert!!

    – Macky

  • Heps
    Hepsalmost 5 years ago

    Great pic for a N camera!

  • :-) Thanks Taschja, you left out the ‘ice’ after your ‘N’ !!

    – Macky

  • PhotoAmbiance
    PhotoAmbiancealmost 5 years ago

    Stunning bird, wonderful shot!

  • Thanks so much!!

    – Macky

  • KatsEye
    KatsEyealmost 5 years ago

    Superb capture. What a gorgeous bird. Love how the feather tips seem to glow. Excellent.

  • Thanks very much KatsEye!!

    – Macky

  • Sharon Bishop
    Sharon Bishopalmost 5 years ago

    yes, he is handsome Macky. Great shot.

  • Thanks so much Sharon!!

    – Macky

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsalmost 5 years ago

    Stunning capture Macky!!, much nicer than the ones we have here.

  • Thanks so much Kate, can’t be!!! :-)

    – Macky

  • Bevellee
    Bevelleealmost 5 years ago

    great perspective macky…

  • Thanks so much Bevellee!!

    – Macky

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