Our Rough-legged Buzzards are back…

Over lunch, I looked up and saw a couple of large birds of prey circling –  just about level with our chalet in Chamonix valley.   Helen and I dashed to the window to take a closer look – and low and behold – these two enormous birds were swiftly joined by two more… and then we spotted a fifth flying way up high above…

Last year, we noticed that the usual couple were joined by a third – their offspring…

 but we were shocked and overjoyed to witness five of these beautiful creatures in flight circling each other…

We think they are Rough-legged Buzzards (Buteo lagopus)  judging from the markings on their wings and their screeching cry.

Rough-legged buzzards in flight above chalet Maison Jaune

Rough-legged buzzards in flight above chalet Maison Jaune

They are about 50-60cm long with a 130cm wingspan, and have a high-pitched, almost cat-like, scream.

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