Sunday, 13 March 2016

The Eagle Has Landed

Well OK, its a Common Buzzard, but the title sounded good and it made you look to see if I had really got an Eagle.{:))

I think this one is a female Common Buzzard.
I found it in open farmland and it was first observed sitting on a telegraph pole. After backtracking along a road I had been travelling,  I watched it (from my car) in open fields flying low over the ground and it eventually flew within range of the long end of my 70-400mm lens and dropped down on to the field of young oilseed rape. Definitely a piece of good luck, which incidentally I was due in relation to this bird as it is normally soaring at 1500 feet when I see it.


















40 comments:

  1. We all deserve a bit of good luck sometimes Roy, you certainly made the most of it and captured a great set of images...[;o)

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  2. Hi Roy,
    I congratulate you on this breathtaking shots. super nice to look at, such encounter has not so often.
    great series
    greetings Frank

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  3. Still a very handsome bird Roy, beautifully captured.

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  4. Your photos are incredible.

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    1. Thanks Gunilla, yes normally I don't get to see them that close.

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  6. It's a great study in how a raptor takes off and lands

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  7. Superb flight shots, Roy. And there's something comical about #10 which I can't quite put my finger on. It's not luck though, it's persistence.

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    1. Thanks John. Yes No.10 its going through her mind, "Flight, No Flight." The tentative lifting of the right Claw.

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  8. Great series, Roy. I used to think buzzards were pretty exotic, but they are more common now. I hope that means the prey species are doing well.

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    1. Thanks Alison, I recall seeing them a lot as a boy in darkest Somerset.

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  9. Hahaha, I was like: huh, Roy has photographed an Eagle.... So the title really worked. And the common Buzzard is also a nice raptor to photograph. This one is a nice dark morph and your shots are great. Next time when you DO photograph an Eagle just write dowm you've seen some great tits :-)

    Regards,
    Marianne

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    1. Thanks Marianne. If I used that heading then it could be very misleading and viewers may think they are going to see something completely different to birds (well, feathered type anyway.{:))

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  10. Hey Roy.. awesome opportunity..awesome shots.

    Grace

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  11. Super pics Roy, Buzzards are certainly handsome birds of prey. Are Buzzards common in your part of the world?

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    1. Thanks David, yes very common in this area, even more so down in my home county of Somerset where I first watched them.

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  12. Great photos of this particularly dark buzzard!
    It must have thrilling to observe it hunt!

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    1. Thanks Noushka, yes it was a pleasant surprise to be anywhere near it.

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  13. Excellent work, Roy!
    Amazing captures!
    All the best!
    Ana

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  14. Wow ... amazing pictures!
    My compliments

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