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10/05/2012 04:25:45 AM · #1
north of england, near stockport yesterday this big boy was cicrling over our heads with another one,, we are in a semi rural location only had my 20d and 17-85 so apologies for the poor quality

we have kestrels nesting in our machine shed and its way bigger than them

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N0000054 by gilesbert, on Flickr

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N0000057 by gilesbert, on Flickr

this was also flying over but i know this is a A380 super jumbo

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N0000043 by gilesbert, on Flickr
10/05/2012 04:47:13 AM · #2
Buzzard?

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British Buzzard Images



Message edited by author 2012-10-05 04:49:31.
10/05/2012 06:45:43 AM · #3
yes we have some round our way too - its a Buzzard and they are big and beautiful.
10/05/2012 07:46:07 AM · #4
Seriously???

That's what your buzzards look like?

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This is what's considered a buzzard around here:

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Yours are much more lovely!!
10/05/2012 08:25:18 AM · #5
So, in the UK, birds of prey which we in the States would call Raptors are Buzzards?
Thats amazing.
10/05/2012 08:36:00 AM · #6
Old world - Buzzard = Raptor
New world - Buzzard = Vulture

10/05/2012 08:48:36 AM · #7
In Britain a Buzzard is a specific type of hawk.
10/05/2012 08:49:54 AM · #8
genus Buteo clarifies colloquialisms.

Message edited by author 2012-10-05 08:50:58.
10/05/2012 12:12:32 PM · #9
WOW a buzzard is not a buzzard in UK...Who would have thought

I tend to call buzzards around here...Texas Eagles (Its just a nickname)
10/05/2012 02:37:08 PM · #10
Thanks it landed today 30 foot away with a rabbit with me, bricklayer renderer and labourer all staring in amasement, but my camera was in my truck. When I moved it took off, going to have to try get some good shots of the pair.

We even have golden eagles in Cumbria and Scotland
10/05/2012 02:58:56 PM · #11
It doesn't have the naked face of a vulture, so I'm guessing a fish eagle of some kind. Maybe an osprey. What a sight!

I walked out the front door one morning last week to hear the bluejays screeching, looked up & lo! there was an osprey on my neighbor's roof. The bluejays were in hysterics. The osprey paid them no attention at all. BIG bird! especially when it opened it's wings & took off. My camera was nowhere near me, alas.
10/05/2012 06:53:34 PM · #12
The UK buzzard seems to be the equivalent of the N American red-tailed hawk or a rough-legged hawk. Both are similar in size but the roughie has big black patches under its wings. Saw a lot earlier this year. Red-tails are very common around here, as are kestrels. And we have ospreys galore. Look for crooked wings. They're not buteos (aka broad-winged hawks) which the buzzard definitely seems to be.

The big black bird with a naked red head in vawendy's first post is a turkey vulture. Not because they feast on turkeys - except for maybe dead ones - but seen on the ground they are pretty close in terms of size/colouring/ugliness to pass for wild turkeys. At least that's what I've noticed, the few times I have seen turkey vultures on the ground.

All vultures have naked heads, as they usually get to a carcass when it's nice and stinky and swarming with bacteria deep in the entrails. Feathers on the head and neck would soon get clogged up with all sorts of nasty and possibly infectious crud. So they're bald to help lower the risk of bacteria clinging to them.

Final note...the word 'raptor' is used to mean any bird of prey, beit hawk, falcon, harrier, eagle or vulture. Thanks Jurassic Park movie, for confusing people and making them think raptors are only velociraptors. *sigh*

Message edited by author 2012-10-05 18:56:58.
10/05/2012 07:16:11 PM · #13
Originally posted by snaffles:



Final note...the word 'raptor' is used to mean any bird of prey, beit hawk, falcon, harrier, eagle or vulture. Thanks Jurassic Park movie, for confusing people and making them think raptors are only velociraptors. *sigh*


What, what?! I thought they were trucks.

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10/05/2012 07:25:38 PM · #14
Originally posted by Cory:

Originally posted by snaffles:



Final note...the word 'raptor' is used to mean any bird of prey, beit hawk, falcon, harrier, eagle or vulture. Thanks Jurassic Park movie, for confusing people and making them think raptors are only velociraptors. *sigh*


What, what?! I thought they were trucks.

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What, you're telling me that a brand of truck whose name is also considered by many to be a legitimate acronym for Fix Or Repair Daily, Found On Road Dead etc, actually wants to be associated with a bird that feasts on roadkill?! (And in turn runs the risk of becoming roadkill itself?)

Excellent job of shooting yourself in the foot, Ford!!! *applauding*
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