Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Driving into the valley on Sunday morning, we spotted a large raptor on the electricity pole. As we stopped the car next to it for me to take photos, it flew away. It landed on a fence pole in a field on the opposite side of the road. 

While we watched, it flew down into the grass, pecked at something and flew back onto the fence post. 

Dinner is served...
Jackal-buzzard tearing away at its freshly-caught meal

Zooming in I could see that it was devouring a [poor hapless] frog

The Jackal - buzzard is very distinctive with a typical thickset buzzard stance. It has blackish upperparts, rufous breast and mottled dark grey underparts. Here's an interesting fact: the female is considerably larger than the male. It's a fairly common endemic and mostly sedentary. Its habitat are hilly and mountainous regions (exactly where it occurred) Its food is mainly mammals up the size of a hare, birds, reptiles and frogs. This bird's call is like a jackal yelping: keoow, keoow, keoow. 

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  1. A magnificent bird, Jo. Great captures!

  2. Hello Jo, cool shots of the Buzzard. It is an awesome looking bird. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

  3. Great looking bird, although I am sure the frog has (or had!) a different opinion.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  4. Hi Jo. Yes you're right. It's a very distinctive and smart looking raptor. Great name too.

  5. a beautiful raptor and how great to get those images :)


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