Tuesday, 28 July 2015

A buzzard with a difference!

Buzzard expert Richard Franckensen sent me these fascinating photos from his visits to one of his buzzard nests last year. Climbing up to a big nest he was very surprised to find this little fella, soon to fledge, with a bit of a funky foot.

Look closely at that right foot (on your left). This very rare funky foot has a strange realignment of toes and talons. Imagine the middle bit of your hand was really, really long - your thumb would not reach your fingers. Birds of prey rely on their talons to grasp live prey so this could be a major disadvantage for effective dining. Luckily for it, Richard was able to report that this bird was spotted in fine fettle many weeks after fledging.