Thursday, 12 August 2004
Lake District Choice Of Raptors
CREDIT: © Tony Richards/LakelandCAM.co.uk
WHERE: Elterwater, English Lake District. WHAT: buzzards and eagles.
MAP: Elterwater. Thumbnail pops-up larger image.
Since we last featured a picture from Tony Richards at LakelandCAM.co.uk he has reported some camera hardware woes after a change of brand. There seems to be no problem with this shot. Breeding eagles may be seen occasionally in the English Lake District, but our own favorite resident raptor has always been the buzzard. In some places they are frequently seen, and watching them hunting in pairs over recently logged terrain was always a delight.
The mournful 'peeee-ow' call of the buzzard is second only to the piping of the curlew in evoking memories of those distant lands. Here in southwest Utah, large hawks circle on the thermals created by the mesas and bluffs, though we have yet to hear mewing or any other sound they might make. Perhaps American birds of prey are less strident than their European counterparts, though experience suggests this is unlikely.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)