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Bird of Prey

Observed: 11th March 2013 By: jonmortin
Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre
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I thought this was a Buzzard at the time but the photos I took suggest Red Kite. Wondering what the consensus will be...

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) interacts


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Are they all the same bird Jon ?

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I believe so although it was

I believe so although it was hard to capture as it flew up and away quite quickly and my camera was on maximum zoom.

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I think I share Chris’s concerns; pictures 2 and 4 look like a different bird to me, possibly a red kite (hints of a forked tail, the large white patch on the underside of the wing). The others I would agree with Ian are likely to be a buzzard.



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Like Ray and Chris, I think

Like Ray and Chris, I think there are two species represented here. I think that all of the images, barring the one at the top right (image two?, which is a kite, presumably red) show common buzzard. I have just got back from a four kilometre walk this morning when the same two species were prominent in my thoughts and binoculars – I saw about five pairs of displaying kites (and at least 15 birds in total) and two buzzards. Never get tired of them.

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My agreement was based on images 3,4 and 5 which appear to be of a Common Buzzard. Image 2 is where the confusion lies, it looks like a Kite an first glance which it may be.