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Common Buzzard

Observed: 28th July 2012 By: chrisbrooks
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Common Buzzard
Common Buzzard
Description:

I believe this to be a young Buzzard. Unusually it was sat at the edge of Llangorse Lake in the mud. It appeared bright and uninjured but obviously couldn't fly. It wings were functional in that they could open and be flapped.
Could this a newly fledged bird ? I would be grateful for any comments. I have never seen one this close up (a matter of feet away)

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Species interactions

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Species with which Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) interacts

Comments

ophrys's picture

Buzzard

Not a bird born this year, as there are some very worn covert feathers, which have been there through the winter, at least. As to why it was behaving as it was, I don't know. Hopefully not poisoned.

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Poisoned

It looked very bright just grounded, perhaps just stunned.

Amadan's picture

I have come across birds like this -

A few times, now. I always worry - if they're raptors - that they've been poisoned; but there may be other reasons.
Flight is a very energy-intensive way of getting around, even for the superbly-adapted birds. So - especially on warm days - they may simply have exhausted and/or over-heated themselves. Human intervention - unless dome with skill and care - is probably counter-productive.