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.
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