Rough-legged Buzzard, Jevington.
Even though the weather was awful during my visit this morning, it was great to see this Rough-legged Buzzard just a few miles from home. Found yesterday by Chris Ball the bird is looking settled hunting over the game strips and horse gallops at Jevington. There is a small pull in just beyond the bend in the road as you emerge from tree cover south of the village. It’s very small and appears to be an access track so please park carefully. As mentioned heavy rain and bad light hampered photographic efforts but I’m sure, in better light, there will be some great shots to be had. It is a superbly marked bird. Hen Harrier and Common Buzzard also put in an appearance. 2014 is proving to be a very good autumn for Rough-legged Buzzard in the UK, although as yet, very few records of birds this far south in the country. Most are concentrated in the north and east of the UK which would be areas of first land fall for these Scandinavian immigrants.
In the above shot, pale bases on the upper side of the primary feathers are a good indicator of age, making this a juvenile bird.