Waters & words : a celebration of flyfishing

A buzzard

From a way off I thought this was a steppe buzzard


A closer look revealed a rufus coloured underbelly. An immature Jackal Buzzard I thought at first, but of course that bird has a rufus band across the chest.  As an amateur birder I really cant be sure. All I know is that those primary feathers look very familiar. I have two of them stuck in my fishing hat!

Yesterday I saw a book on raptors in the bookshop, and with only  a mental picture, I decided that it probably is a Steppe Buzzard. They are fairly common, but their plumage varies a lot.

Someone please help me to identify this one!


A handsome fellow either way!

5 responses

  1. From comments here and on other forums, the vote is split between a Jackal Buzzard and a Steppe Buzzard! These birds of prey are tricky!

    January 22, 2014 at 1:03 pm

  2. David

    Hmm I back you call on the Stepe Buzzard having looked at my Sasol eBirds app. Seems to be the closest representation. Agreed not a Jackal Buzzard and nothing else really comes close?

    January 16, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    • David

      Apologies for bad spelling – Steppe

      January 16, 2014 at 12:41 pm

  3. Wish I could help, but the closest feather we have around here in NY is the red-tailed hawk. Nice photo.

    January 15, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    • Thanks Walt. I really struggle with the birds of prey…all the juveniles look the same, mottled brown!

      January 15, 2014 at 1:53 pm

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