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Sunday, 29 November 2009
It's not surprising that we saw a lot of birds while we were enjoying our summer holiday in the Outer Hebrides. Of course the puffins were the stars, but sadly not all birds are quiet so distinctive, so there were several we couldn't identify.
This fabulous bird of prey was sitting on a rock just by the side of the road, just feet from the car. He let me take quite a few photos before he decided to fly off:
We think he might be a buzzard, but we're not sure. (Clarification for my US readers: click to see a UK buzzard)
My husband and I aren't proper birders - we're not even enthusiastic amateurs, really. Just people who love wildlife, even if we don't know what it's all called! So there are others where we have even less idea... if you know any of these, please tell us.
If, like me, you have no idea, then "ooh, pretty!" is a perfectly valid response. I especially love this first guy (or gal), so elegant with those long legs...