Willem’s Weekly Bird Photography blog (#4)

Week 4: Augur Buzzard (Witborsjakkalsvoël)(Buteo augur)

Kenya – I’ve just returned from a very interesting and challenging photography safari in Kenya. So I will post another bird from the Kenya region in my weekly bird photography blog. This time it is the Augur Buzzard and the image was capture next to Lake Nakuru.


Augur buzzard

Augur Buzzard

Nikon D3S, Nikor 600mmf4 fixed lens, ISO12500, f8, 1/4000, exposure = -0.67, WB = sunlight, Aperture mode, bean over the window of the vehicle

Lake Nakuru Nature Reserve, Kenya, January 2014

Interesting facts:

From the image above one can see clearly the description of Wikipedia of the bird and I do take it that this a female (black under her throat): “The adult Augur Buzzard is strikingly plumaged. It is almost black above with a rufous tail. The primary flight feathers are blackish and the secondaries off-white, both barred with black. Below the chin and around the throat is mainly white, and the rest of the underparts and the underwing coverts are rich rufous. The flight feathers from below are white, tipped with black to form a dark trailing edge to the wing. The adult Augur Buzzard has white underparts and underwings. The female has black on the lower throat.” (Wikipedia).

As you can see from the map from http://sabap2.adu.org.za/spp_summary.php?Spp=153&section=3 the bird cannot really be found in South Africa:

Augur buzzard

Another map showing its distribution in Africa:

Augur 2

Until next week – keep an eye on the birds and keep on shooting.


  1. #1 by Willie Burger on February 16, 2014 - 8:21 am

    Baie nice

    • #2 by whk139 on February 16, 2014 - 8:28 am

      Thanks Willie!

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