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Gary Martin | all galleries >> British birds > Buzzard
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16-JUL-2005 Gary Martin


Llanelli, Wales

Buteo buteo
AKA: Common buzzard
The commonest UK bird of prey, it is quite large with broad, rounded wings, and a short neck and tail. When gliding and soaring it will often hold its wings in a shallow 'V'. It is variable in colour from all dark brown to birds with pale heads and breasts, all have dark wingtips and an unbanded tail.
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Canon EOS 20D ,Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
1/400s f/10.0 at 400.0mm iso200 full exif

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Guest 04-May-2016 08:10
Have 3 above the spinney in Burnham near Slough.
Guest 18-Apr-2015 15:56
Spotted one in weasel cemetery today
John Smith 18-Mar-2014 10:12
We live in Hayle, Cornwall. There are many buzzards around this area,very common. We have a nesting pair in our pasture.
Wendy Swords 02-Jun-2013 19:37
Saw one of these this afternoon flying over our garden in Evenwood Bishop Auckland at about 3pm roughly. Couldn't believe what we were looking at.
Jean Doherty 24-May-2013 17:18
Saw this bird yesterday 23rd May 2013 outside Kells in Northern Ireland. It rose from the field on my right across the car to the field on the left. I've never seen anything like it before
Guest 02-Mar-2013 16:56
we saw a buzzard in mansfield today. It was huge!

by jessica age 11
Brian. 22-May-2012 21:56
Brian.I saw a buzzard today very close to Junction 7 on the M61 Motorway,close to Horwich, Bolton. I live close by and watched it for about ten minuets whilst walking my dog. It was just has the picture shows it, However the under side of its body and wings were golden yellow, the best thing I have ever seen.
Dave 29-Apr-2012 18:31
I saw a buzzard swoop across the road I was driving down, not 20m in front of my car and land in a tree. It was the most amazing thing I have Evernote seen. Sighting was on 27/04/2012 near Haydock Golf Club on Newton Lane/Rob Lane at the side in Golborne Park Wood WA12. Sighting was at 8.50am.
keit asquith 02-Mar-2012 16:54
i saw a single buzzard yesterday(01/03/12)around 11am here in west yorkshire then at 3pm i saw 3 of them soaring up above me against a clear blue sky then 3 soon became 5 in total what a sight to see thoroughly enjoyable.
Tassagh 22-Aug-2011 13:03
August 22 2011 Templepatrick, N.Ireland arrived home to find a young buzzard sitting on top of the roof of my bungalow
There have been two adult birds flying here in the last three years and I assume this is their offspring
Great picture
angela cassidy. 20-Jul-2011 09:03
We saw one in our garden yesterday.It had a collard dove in it`s claws.It dropped to the ground and we must have startled it and the dove managed to make an escape.It is the first one we have ever seen. It was magnificent.
Andy 24-Mar-2011 14:38
Mystery solved (i think) I have one of these birds flying nearby, it's been with us for two or three days now, it fly's very high and catches thermals. It has a single high pitched cry, it sounds almost distressed in fact. Huge creature, very impressive. I've been trying to identify it's markings and this picture helped no end.
Mrs J Clout 20-Mar-2011 15:01
18/03/2011. My husband and I plus our neighbours spotted 7 of these birds soaring very high and tumbling in the sky as though doing some kind of courtship, their wing spans could have been anywhere between 6 and 8 foot across, the only time I have ever witnessed anything like this before was while holidaying in Vancouver several years ago that time I was seeing bald eagles. We live on the edge of Cayton Carrs Wetlands some 4 miles from the east coast of Yorkshire.
Guest 16-Feb-2011 16:37
My partner and I were staying in Mark, Somerset and had seen five or six large birds perched on sign posts which I assumed were large owls out in the day! these pictures have helped a great deal in trying to identify what we had seen.
Gregory Wright 27-Jan-2011 15:16
A stunning bird of prey! I was driving in Worecester on Tuesday 25.01.11. and an enormous Buzzard startled me as it flew up from a hedgrow & flew right across the car at windscreen height. I live in London and feed all my little garden birds to it was a suprise and a great memory from my day in the country roads around Evesham/Stratford/Worcester. Just had to check the bird out on the web As I was heading back to London via the train, I asked the taxi driver about the bird and he said it would definately have been a Buzzard. Gregory Wright
barbara 19-Jul-2010 07:37
Spotted enormous buzzard by M2 from Sheppey to Dover> Biggest wing span I have ever seen on a bird of prey or indeed a buzzard!

Barbara Dover
Mrs C Knight 15-Jul-2010 17:11
while walking a fledgling was blown into a wall and was about a foot away from me. he had been flexing his wings for a few days. he sorted himself out and took flight. the most amazing moment of my life shame i didnt have my camera phone ready.
Jane 04-Apr-2010 10:31
What a glorious picture of a buzzard! I find it a help to identifying them when I hear their mewing cry overhead.
Jo Bell 18-Jun-2009 17:52
Great picture and it helped me identify the bird that just over my house.
Thankyou :)
Mark 27-May-2008 11:30
i like the picture of the wings that picture is beautiful i like buzzards.