Spot The Beauty IV

Buzzard Buteo buteo

I was across the other side of a field when I watched this large winged bird of prey set down atop a tall tree in a hedgerow separating another field. It was a Buzzard (Buteo buteo), and I have spied many of them round and about over the years, but they are usually soaring through the skies, aloft and flashing their large pale marked underwings. I had my macro lens on, so I did a quick change to my zoom, and with lens cap off, I snapped a few shots from a distance. It is at times like this you really understand how a good zoom lens upgrade could benefit you. I approached, and kept snapping, for I knew it would spy my advance from its lofty perch as I neared. And it did, and took to the skies before I could get too close.

Buzzard Buteo buteo

October 2017, local field, Staffordshire, England.

20 thoughts on “Spot The Beauty IV

  1. Is there a new lens in your future? We don’t have this species in Alberta but there are 3 other buteos — Swainson’s, red-tailed and ferruginous hawks. The latter is in the SE corner of the province. We occasionally see the other two here, soaring over fields and pastures. A beautiful sight. (Remember the Boy Scout motto — get that upgrade so you’re ready the next time!)

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    1. Maybe in a few years. My present lens is a Nikon 70-300mm, which is good, but not for too far distant shots like this one was which also required a little cropping. Up to 600mm are quite expensive. It is intersing that you have different buzzards over there.

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  2. It’s not only the length (600mm) that you have to consider. It’s carrying the weight around on a walk. I tend to think of heavy long lenses for taking to specific locations and staying there with tripod and heavy lens all set up for a specific bird.

    You can bet that if I leave my 150-500mm at home, I will miss a good bird shot (and vice versa).

    (Although I do console myself that if I missed a good bird shot, then I wasn’t meant to have it 🙂 ).

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    1. That is a vey positive way at looking at it, Vicki 🙂 And you are right about the weight too. The macro is heavy enough on its own, but when I go for a walk I tend to take the 70-300mm and my 18-55mm lenses with me, just in case 🙂

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      1. Gosh, you’re as ‘bad’ as me – can’t bear to miss a shot. Hope your spine is better than mine though. I can barely carry any weight now.

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      2. I am sorry about your back, but I have suffered with my own and have to watch what I lift and carry. Yes, I don’t want to miss a thing, lol! 🙂

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  3. Great pics 🙂 And it is because of the buzzards I did buy a compact camera with 30 x zoom. ( ex digital zoom). It works well for me, but the buzzards in flight are most of the time too fast for me. 😉

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  4. Have you considered something like the Sony Cybershot in the meantime?
    It’s light as a feather. The shutterspeed is slow as Hades but the electronic zoom is amazing. 63x.

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    1. Thank you, Ark. It may well be something to consider. I have to say I do miss my bridge cameras because of their instant versatility.

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      1. The Cybershot is useless for photos in a hurry, I can tell you that for a fact. But I use it to take multiple photographs of bird/s at the feeder or in trees etc and usually one or two will come out okay, and being at a distance the birds tend to sit tight for longer.

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