Friday, 9 November 2012

A Raptor Day

A short drive today on a fenland road which runs along high above a river, revealed some fortunate views of three raptors all of which are common birds to the area.

The area is well known and visited by local Birders and often provides a variety of species. 
At this time of year various water birds can be seen, as can Barn Owls that hunt during the daylight hours. The light could have been much better though.

Red Kite


Common Buzzard


Kestrel (male)


24 comments:

  1. How fantastic to see all three in one day! Great photos of the buzzard on the ground.

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    1. Thanks D.
      Lucky to find that buzzard on the ground and close enough to photograph.

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  2. Great set Roy, especially the Buzzard.
    Love the header picture too.

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  3. I always love seeing photos of birds of prey. They are so beautiful.

    Just read your post on the Jay. That's not a bird I've seen many photos of. He is really unique and pretty too. Hope to see more photos of the Jay!

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    1. Thanks Kelly.
      I am alway looking out for Jays to photograph, they are a bit elusive though.

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  4. Hey Roy...Three in one ..huh!! Pretty good odds : )!
    Fascinating birds that I have learned to appreciate in the bird world!!
    Nice every one,especially the Buzzard on the ground!!!
    Grace
    Like your new blog look... Poppy's so gorgeous!!

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  5. A great series of images Roy. Looks like an excellent place to visit for Raptor photography?...{;o)

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    1. Thanks Trevor. Only if I get lucky again like I did with these.

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  6. Thank you. They may be common there, but these birds are far from common in my neck of the woods. And I cannot think of a bird that I don't find fascinating.

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  7. A nice selection of Raptors Roy, the Buzzard on the ground is superb and not something you see that often, while the first Red Kite shot is excellent as well :)

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    1. Thanks David, yes it is unusual to see a Buzzard like that.
      It was extremely windy though, which may have had an effect.

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    1. Thanks Steve, yes they are smart looking birds.

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  9. Nice group Roy! Must get along the High Bank soon, you never know what you might see!
    J
    Visit my new blog 'Fragments of the Past'

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    1. Thanks John, yes it was a nice surprise on this occasion.

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  10. Wonderful shots! I've never seen a kite...beautiful. Great Kestrel shots. They are so easily spooked, I seldom get a chance to catch a photo that is in focus.

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  11. Roy, no kites in my immediate area but we do have them in parts of the U.S. and even Arizona sometimes. I have never seen a common buzzard. We sometimes call vultures "buzzards" here but yours looks like a common hawk! However, I am seeing lots of kestrels here in Tucson! Nice shots! (and thanks for all your visits to my blog!)

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  12. Hi Roy

    You saw some interesting raptors there I quite enjoyed the post the only one I have seen is the Kestrel.

    Guy

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  13. Thanks Guy, the Kestrel is slightly different to yours I believe.

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