Local Common buzzards

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This is the first publication out of 3 on these birds of prey. Here are 2 of the local buzzards inhabiting our property in the south of and its surroundings. They have a dark streaky uniform plumage with white feathers lengthwise on the head and neck, widthwise on the breast and the legs. This by opposition to the buzzards coming from the Scandinavian countries to winter down here and which have a much whiter breast; I will show these in a next publication.

Les Buses variables locales

Premier volet d’une série de trois articles sur ce rapace commun dans toute l’Europe.
Voici 2 des buses qui règnent sur la propriété et les environs immédiats à longueur d’année. Elles ont un plumage sombre, uniformément strié de plumes blanches en longueur sur la tête et le cou, en largeur sur le poitrail et les pattes.Ceci par opposition aux buses qui nous viennent du nord pour hiverner dans un climat plus tempéré et qui ont un poitrail beaucoup plus blanc mais que vous verrez plus tard.

Buteo buteo

It is the most robust bird of prey among the common ones in our region. Under a particularly pronounced arch of the eyebrow, the piercing eyes iris vary from brown to yellowish. Armed with powerful claws, the legs are quite robust too and can seize preys the size of a hare fairly easily.

C’est le rapace commun le plus trapu de nos régions. Sous une arcade sourcilière particulièrement prononcée, les iris de ses yeux perçants varient de brun à jaunâtre. Ses pattes, armées de serres puissantes, sont très épaisses et peuvent se saisir de proies de la taille d’un lièvre sans trop de problèmes.

Buteo buteo

En vol, elle se distingue des milans royaux et noirs par une queue large et ronde. Dans notre région elle est surnommée la “buse de piquets” car c’est là qu’elle aime se percher pour garder un œil sur les champs et bordures de routes en quête de mulots.

In flight, the wide and round tail distinguishes it from other raptors such as kites. Down here it is familiarly called the “Post buzzard”: these posts are ideal for them to survey their territory and an eventual prey.

Buteo buteo

Bien que protégée – comme tous les rapaces depuis 1972 – elle subit encore l’agacement dans les campagnes, ce qui lui vaut un coup de fusil à l’occasion car “on” lui reproche (à tort ou non) de s’attaquer aux oiseaux d’élevage comme les cailles, perdreaux ou jeunes faisans; mais cela reste occasionnel car de grands filets recouvrent ces élevages aujourd’hui.

Although protect since 1972 in France, it gets shot once in a while by farmers raising pheasants and quails.

The second one:
La seconde:

Buteo buteo

Buteo buteo

Noushka Wildlife

Noushka

Passionate about Wildlife, Photography and Wildlife issues. I live in the south of France at the present, but have lived in Africa for 16 years, in the U.S. for 3 years. With my husband, I created and managed a BIRD PARK in South Africa, raising mainly psittacines; the breeding facility housed over 1000 parrots at any given time. I speak French and English alike and manage decently in Spanish. My photography is about sharing fauna's beauty with other enthusiasts! Equipment: ALL NIKON Cameras: D500, D750 Tele lenses: 300 mm, 500 mm, 800 mm f5/6E, Zoom lenses: 16/80 mm, 80/400 mm, 200/500 mm and: Macro 150 Sigma. * * * My work can be seen HERE: http://1000-pattes.blogspot.fr/ * * * NOT ON FACEBOOK

Noushka Wildlife

Noushka Wildlife

Passionate about Wildlife, Photography and Wildlife issues. I live in the south of France at the present, but have lived in Africa for 16 years, in the U.S. for 3 years. With my husband, I created and managed a BIRD PARK in South Africa, raising mainly psittacines; the breeding facility housed over 1000 parrots at any given time. I speak French and English alike and manage decently in Spanish. My photography is about sharing fauna's beauty with other enthusiasts! Equipment: ALL NIKON Cameras: D500, D750 Tele lenses: 300 mm, 500 mm, 800 mm f5/6E, Zoom lenses: 16/80 mm, 80/400 mm, 200/500 mm and: Macro 150 Sigma. * * * My work can be seen HERE: http://1000-pattes.blogspot.fr/ * * * NOT ON FACEBOOK

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Wai Ling  Liu

beautiful thanks

Maria de B
Maria de B

Nice photos and description!