I often see buzzards as I drive around the area, sometimes soaring, but often perched on telegraph poles, surveying the scene for voles or mice.
Several times I have parked the car at the side of the road, wound down the window and pointed the camera, hoping the car would act like a hide – but while this may work for some birds, it doesn’t work for buzzards. They glare at me as if to say, Yer ‘avin’ a larf, aren’t you? and then fly off majestically.
Last week, seeing a buzzard on a pole in Knightwick, I tried again. Somehow, perhaps because I angled the viewfinder screen, I managed to convince it that the camera really wasn’t attached to a human, and was able to snap away.
What looks like a bent piece of wire sticking out of its back is probably a grass stem: I asked around, partly because I hoped I had a bird that was being satellite-tracked, but the consensus is strongly in favour of vegetation.
July 2014 – another encounter with a buzzard, this time at Monkwood Green just outside Wichenford, which I thought was worth sharing… This highlights the variable plumage in buzzards and why they can often cause confusion with other birds of prey.