Saturday, 31 January 2015

Common Buzzards

Juvenile Honey Buzzard chasing a very pale juvenile Common Buzzard. Digi-scoped at distance.

Pale Common's don't come much better than this.

Unlike some very pale birds it lacked white in the forewing.

2CY - outer three primaries are juvenile.

Same as above - extensively white forewing

Juvenile buteo - better marked but still with a very white head. I think it is more likely to be a Common than a Steppe.

2CY - outer two primaries are juvenile. A fairly pale bird overall.

The broader wings/hand and more thick-set body of Common compared to Steppe is quite evident with this bird.

2CY - P8 half grown and P9-10 juvenile, also several juvenile secondaries. Broad wings and stocky body evident on this bird also.