Sunday, 1 November 2009

The Common Buzzard

 

Buzzard

The Buzzard is UK’s most common bird of prey. Its range extends throughout Europe and also in parts of Asia too.

 

Buzzard

Buzzards are mostly resident in all but the coldest periods. There were a couple of them on Star hill till the beginning of last winter but they disappeared when it got cold. They are now back.

 

Buzzard

They build their nest in woodland. Last year I discovered a nest in the woods above Star hill. I guess they are back this time to start building a nest again.

Buzzard

Buzzards mate for life, and before the selection of a mate, the male bird will display a ritual to impress the female. It will  rise high in the sky and then plummet downwards in a spiral, twisting as it comes down before rising up and repeating it again.

 

Buzzard

 

Buzzards have a wingspan of 48 inches to 60 inches with a body length of some 20 inches. That is a huge wingspan indeed.

 

Buzzard

Although it can commonly be seen circling the skies, its favourite mode of hunting is to sit still, camouflaged among the tree tops, before swooping down upon its prey.

 

Buzzard

 

Its prey is usually a young rabbit or mouse, but it will also attack smaller birds. However, it also feeds on carrion.

Buzzard


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