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.
I photographed this raptor in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa, 8 August 2010