Birds in Spain
by Dick Forsman
9.2000, approaching Cazalla survey station, at 10 am, I noticed a
very rufous buzzard perched on a telegraph pole next to the road. The road
was heavily trafficed, so I decided to drive up to Cazalla and watch it
from there, just across the road from a distance of some 200 metres. To
watch it I used a Kowa 823 with a 20-60x zoom. After having studied it
for some 20 minutes, during which it did two attempts to drop onto prey
from the pole (showing
Tail projected ca. 5 cms beyond the folded wing-tips. Bill considerably heavy for the size of the bird, which was one character that looked very odd and did not fit the impression of vulpinus. It was pale bluish grey at the base with a darker tip.
upperparts feathers (incl. mantle, scapulars and wing coverts) had a broad
rufous margin with a dark brown centre. The greater
Tail (seen from above when perched) rather pale greyish brown centrally but turning rufous towards tip and edges, very much like in vulpinus, and the dark tail-bars were rather fine and sparse, finer and sparser than on most vulpinus. Uppertail coverts deep rufous.
The head was remarkably rufous, more so than on any juv vulpinus I have seen, and unlike any juv. vulpinus it was uniformly coloured with streaks only to the crown. The bird had a distinct dark malar stripe running from the gape flange to below the eye and it also had a dark down-pointing triangle on the nape.
The underparts were more yellowish ochre with darker rufous brown flanks; the breast was distinctly streaked with a darker area on upper breast (see photos).
coverts uniformly yellowish ochre with fine uniform streaking and the carpal
patch was typically dark and round. Seen from above in flight the primaries
showed a large pale area with darker bars, but it was not white and did
This page is possible thanks to Tomasz Kulakowski who sent us the photos and submitted the record to the CR/SEO and Dick Forsman who provided the text and also submitted the record to the CR/SEO and allowed us to put it in this web site for the benefit of birding community. Photo headings written by Ricard Gutiérrez.
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