Hennie van Heerden's Wildlife Diary

May 25, 2012

Honey (Buzzard) for breakfast..

Filed under: 2012,May — Hennie van Heerden @ 3:10 pm
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It was about 8 AM and I just had my first cup of coffee and the newspaper in front of me. All of a sudden I caught a glimpse of a big shape moving in the garden from the corner of my eye. I looked up and my jaw dropped to the floor. A Honey Buzzard!! This big bird-of-prey is migratory bird that only spends a few months a year in Holland. I had only seen two before in my entire life (twice in the same week last year).

And here it was some 5 meters away from the terrace, completely at ease on a branch of the apple tree in the garden! Of course it may have helped that our 4 dogs were still sound asleep, as was my husband. My camera was on the table so I took a dive to the floor, grabbed the camera Lara Croft style, slithered over the floor to a window where I would have the clearest view and started shooting straight through the window as I knew that there was no way that it would stay when I would open the sliding doors to the terrace.

It looked around, not in the least disturbed by the alarmed blackbirds that tried to scare it away. It hopped from the apple tree to the walnut tree and continued checking the surroundings for wasps’ nests – its main food. I kept shooting from the floor up, with one arm fencing off the dogs that had meanwhile woken up and came to see why I was acting so strangely. Hans had woken up too and wanted to enter the living room but was stopped by my frantically hissed “stay there!!” He didn’t dare to move a muscle ๐Ÿ™‚

When it finally flew offย  I couldn’t believe what had just happened. Honey Buzzard! Right here in my own garden!! The good thing is that now I know the sound I hear it every day. And the biggest surprise is that yesterday we saw it flying around, accompanied by a second one!! So please, keep your fingers crossed that it will nest somewhere close and raise lots of new honey buzzard babies!


  1. Wauwe Hennie, wat een brenger!!! Maar toeval bestaat niet….hij kwam jou toe vallen (vliegen) geweldige mooie platen!

    Comment by Anne Rademaker — May 25, 2012 @ 3:19 pm | Reply

  2. Absolutely wonderful, Hennie. Now you know to keep those windows sparkling clean. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Comment by Marianne Wedell-Wedellsborg — May 25, 2012 @ 3:24 pm | Reply

  3. Hennie heb jij even geluk met die Wespendie bij je in de tuin en dan ook zo fotograferen, geweldig. groetjes Dick

    Comment by Dick Dobbenberg. — May 25, 2012 @ 3:48 pm | Reply

  4. Brilliant! What an experience………… You just never know what’s round the corner.

    Comment by Kathy Langbridge — May 25, 2012 @ 3:51 pm | Reply

  5. Of het nu simpelweg aan de zorg en aandacht ligt die jullie aan je ‘tuin’ besteden….of dat zo’n dier er gewoon alles overheeft om door jou vereeuwigd te worden.. dunno…maar ik weet wel dat zulke dingen alleen jou kunnen overkomen…;)
    Een ontzettend mooie vogel trouwens, vooral ‘en profil’ heeft hij een geweldige kop.
    En uiteraard weer supermooie platen!

    PS. Ik kijk uit naar je wespendiefbabyplaatjes…


    Comment by roeselien — June 4, 2012 @ 6:15 pm | Reply

  6. What a prize, to see something so rare where you live & to have the perfect conditions (albeit shooting through your window) for capturing these images! The thrill from something like this lasts a long time & will be renewed each time you look over the photos you took. ๐Ÿ™‚

    You say it’s a migratory bird, only spending a few months where you live & you hope it roosts & raises its chicks here. Does that mean it migrates to Holland to raise a family & not just stop for a while in slowly migrating through?

    Comment by Jude — September 26, 2012 @ 7:35 pm | Reply

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