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Finally some predator action at Meer en Bos.
(see pics below)
I’ve been hanging out at my local nature reserve (but not in a creepy way) with my camera for a while now. But the closest i’ve got to a buzzard, is seeing one flying over the trees.

Luck however seems to have come my way this afternoon. I was walking along when I noticed a largish bird sitting on a low branch. The trees have lost their foliage from the storms (more on that in a future post) and it’s easier to see through the trees now. I just thought it was a large wood pigeon at first, but then I noticed its long legs, it turned out to be a buzzard.

Not a huge bird, maybe a young one. It was just sitting there staring at me then flew a short distance away and hung around for ten minutes until it got sick of me clicking away at it.

I was a bit confused by the bird’s behaviour, usually buzzards don’t let you get close at all. And this one was pretty damn relaxed.

But it turns out there could be a good reason for this. Up until now the only buzzards i’ve seen have been local resident birds. But I read that during the winter, Scandinavian and German buzzards come to the coastal parts of the Netherlands.

The migrants might be less jumpy than the local birds, or just too hungry or tired to care.

The one I saw could well be one of these visitors. One thing is for sure, there is no shortage of food for them at Meer en Bos. They have small birds, mammals and those noisy ring necked parrots to munch on.

Winter looks to be an interesting time in the forest and Meer en Bos is actually coming up with some pleasant surprises.

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