Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Steppe Buzzard

The Steppe Buzzard is thickset in appearance, has an upright stance and the habit of hunting from the top of telephone poles and exposed outer tree branches

The intensity of barring on belly, whitish breast patch and blotching on underparts are all so variable that almost no two birds look alike. 
This image shoes the barring clearly in the sunlight. (white breast patch not visible)
I thought this bird which I photographed while walking dogs on the golf course, was holding its prey. My SIL Shelley says no, it holds its leg up like that,  claw clenched,  balancing on the other leg

I loved these images of the Steppe Buzzard with the sun's early morning rays lighting up its features

The Steppe Buzzard is a Palearctic migrant, most arrive late October and depart any time between February and April. I took these photos in early March.

I'm linking to Wild Bird Wednesday here



  1. Great looking bird - everyone seems to find more birds of prey than me!

    The blue button should be below all of the thumbnails - let me know if you can't see it!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  2. Hello Jo, cool looking buzzard. The lighting is pretty. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

  3. he looks a lot like our hawks. our buzzards don't hunt, they just feed off what others kill. this one must be a hunter. do they eat the left overs or just what they kill

  4. If you were on this side of the world I would have called you a silly goose. "That's a red shouldered hawk."

    But says the steppe buzzard is I'll have to go with that. ;O)

  5. Post is ion my dashboard now. Went on 3 hours ago. Great shots of this bird. Blogger was going slow for you this morning, you need to put more money in the slot Jo!!


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