ID a big bird

I see this one from time to time flying low over the fen.

A raptor, biggish. Dark brown back, lighter under the wings, It lacks the white band at the base of the tail like the hen harrier. When I first saw it I thought it was a harrier of some sort but I'm not so sure now. It's not a kite or a buzzard. I recognise those 2 

Any ideas?

 

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,646

    Honey buzzard?  They're seen fairly frequently nowadays between you and us. 

    http://www.bto.org/about-birds/bird-id/bto-bird-id-summer-buzzards-common-buzzard-and-honey-buzzard

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,233

    I dont know what you've got, Nut.

     The first time I saw frigate birds circling,(not in this country) I thought they looked like pterodactyls.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,234

    I always think herons have a touch of the prehistoric about them in flight

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,233

    I know what you mean. We get them every spring at frog gangbang time. Because of large trees they don't have a direct flight path, so have a very ungainly circling landing.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,646

    Oh yes, love herons - we get them over here a lot because of the marshes over the hill - sometimes I hear them calling as they pass over and I rush outside to watch.  One of my absolute favourite birds - in fact, definitely my most favourite bird image

    If you watch the video I posted the link to - you'll see a real difference in the 'jizz' of the honey buzzard to the common ones (have seen plenty of common buzzards your way Nut ). 

    I'm fairly certain I saw a honey buzzard last year near Pensthorpe - the set of the 'head and shoulders' is quite different to a common buzzard. 

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    Don't think I've ever seen a buzzard in flight. We do frequently see a heron as lady a few doors away has a large pnd and we have fishing ponds near us. They make me laugh especially before they "tuck their legs up". Obviously Ornithology not my subject.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,646

    KEF, are you far from Sheffield?  We saw buzzards not far from there a few years ago - think there are quite a few in the Peak District. 

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    Dove, about nine miles as the crow flies image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,646

    Well, just go into the Peaks on a warm sunny day and lie on the grass gazing up into the sky and listen for a mewing sound - there'll be one soaring above you 

    You can hear the call here 

    https://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/b/buzzard/index.aspx

    If you've got nothing better to do that is - mind you I can't think of many things better than that image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    Thanks Dove, I'll save that link for later, or at least until I've had more tea. Sent PM.

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