Buzzards – forty years ago in my nature notebooks

Seeing a Buzzard was a thrilling experience when I was 12 years old. So much so that I noted it down in my nature notebooks:

Buzzard - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Despite only being 12, there’s still no excuse for me not knowing the difference between ‘were’ and ‘where’.

Forty years later and I’m driving through Wiltshire when I see a Buzzard on the top of a hedge.

Buzzard - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

As a child I only got to see Buzzards on holiday, and even then it was normally on the train that I got the best views.

Buzzard - The Hall of Einar

Back then I saw Buzzards which were ‘light phase’ with significant amounts of pale markings on them.

Now I have a telephoto lens I can get a view of the hooked beak I could only have dreamed of as a child. This one is definitely a ‘dark phase’ individual.

Buzzard - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

I’m looking forward to photographing one in flight as it circles above me, just like one did in 1977.

Buzzard - The Hall of Einar

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