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Black-breasted buzzard (immature) 1

A motley looking young buzzard but already the characteristic white patches on the underwing are visible.

I was heading across the claypan in a previous shot when I got a blip on my phone so I stopped in the middle of the road and was sending a few slow messages out. The signal kept dropping so I took to wandering up and down the road waving my phone over my head. Quite safe as I hadn't seen another car since entering the NP except at the homestead (ranger HQ).

I saw this bird coming in from a distance to check me out so I raced to get back to the car and get the big camera out. The bird obliged by circling to check me out and I got two shots from quite a close distance before it drifted off again. What a thrill. And nice to see an immature bird.

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Taken on October 24, 2019