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Buzzard or Eagle?

Observed: 7th June 2010 By: Stuart1960
Buzzard or Eagle?
Description:

Appeared as a very big bird high in the sky. No other birds around to compare with. Single bird.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) interacts

Comments

Mark at Magdalen's picture

Sorry its a buzzard. It can

Sorry its a buzzard. It can be had to tell and I can't find a good example on ispot to show you the difference. I know its a bit glib but its sort of true - its easy to mistake a buzzard for a golden eagle much less easy to mistake a golden eagle for a buzzard. Have a look at http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/71880?nav=search which to me has a golden eagle feel to it.

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The things that make this a

The things that make this a Buzzard and not a Goldie are the short neck, short tail, and short wings. The proportions of a Goldie are very different from this.

To put Mark's advice in a different way, the rule is: if you have to wonder if it is an eagle, it's not one! When you see a Goldie, if you are at all familiar with Buzzard, you will know you have one immediately.

M.

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