Widespread throughout the country their average lifespan is 12 years and there are breeding pairs in Dorset.
The birds will make their nest in the fork of a tree and lay two to four creamy coloured eggs with brown markings.
Adult common buzzards have a huge wingspan that can reach 128cm (over 50 inches).
Their high pitched ‘kee-yaa’ calls can be heard as they soar high overhead. These birds of prey can be found in most habitats, particularly woodland, arable and moorland.
As you will notice from Danny Howe’s photographs, the colouration of buzzards can vary from dark brown to much paler shades.
These majestic birds once suffered persecution and pesticide poisoning, but have made quite a comeback. The RSPB report between 57,000 and 79,000 breeding pairs in the UK.
They’ve recently been seen soaring over West Moors, at the Viewpoint in Corfe Mullen, along the A31 near Wimborne and at Avon Heath.
Another buzzard that can be seen in Dorset is the honey buzzard. A summer visitor it nests in the South as well as in different areas throughout the UK.
It is likely to be mistaken for a common buzzard, but is paler with greyish brown upper parts and whitish under parts.
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