BIRD 1

Bird Watching (UK) - - March Id Challenge -

With a strong bill, thick legs and a ro­bust build, this feed­ing bird ap­pears to be a very de­cent-sized rap­tor, well above the dainty Spar­rowhawk or Kestrel size. A close look at its prey re­veals the thick red bill and flank stripes of a Red-legged Par­tridge, and this bird looks small in com­par­i­son with what is eat­ing it. So, the chunky build, yel­low-based bill, dark eye, and brown and white plumage should be steer­ing you to­ward this be­ing a buz­zard (wrong struc­ture for a har­rier or kite, too much white for an ea­gle). The ro­bust bill and prey should rule out the shy and rare Honey Buz­zard and the bare tarsi im­me­di­ately rule out the scarce win­ter vis­it­ing Rough-legged Buz­zard. This bird is a typ­i­cal feed­ing Buz­zard.

KEY FEA­TURES †Large and ro­bust rap­tor †Brown and white plumage †Thick, strong bill and thick, strong legs †Bare tarsi rule out Rough-legged Buz­zard

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