Unlucky Raptor.

When passing this ring barked tree at dawn last Saturday, I noticed a buzzard wedged in the middle forked branch with its back towards me. Buzzards are usually quick to notice things creeping up on them, but this one was definitely slow.

Through my binoculars I saw he had a badly broken beak and was blind in one eye: the latter obviously accounting for my being able to get close to him.

Eventually the buzzard realised I was there and took to the air; the poor bird had only one leg. I guess this was not the luckiest raptor on the marsh.

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10 Responses to Unlucky Raptor.

  1. ramblingratz says:

    The poor thing, I wonder what happened to it 😦

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  2. Sounds like an elderly statesman! Quite a clever survival technique for a one legged heavy bird to think of wedging itself in the crook of branches.

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  3. Mr Harper-Penrose says:

    What a sad story!

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