The LROS Survey this year is looking at the birds of prey in VC55, five years on from the last survey, so while I’ve been out and about at work I’ve been plotting all the raptors I see. Normally this means putting Buzzard, Kestrel or whatever and a grid reference with little chance to note sex, age or much else.
Yesterday though as I entered Norton Juxta Twycross I noticed a pale Buzzard in a roadside tree. Luckily as I left it was still there. Knowing how nervous Buzzards are I parked further up the road and got my digiscoping kit out. As to be expected almost as soon as I dropped the first leg it was off, thankfully though flying to another nearby tree. I managed a few shots before a crop scarer flushed it again.
As you can see it’s a very pale bird and I would bet some might call it as a Rough-legged if they saw it in flight. From the photos though it’s easy enough to age (using Forsman) as a juvenile 1cy-2cy on account of the pale brown iris contrasting with a dark pupil.
To go with it a bit of Fatboy Slim.