biking buzzard

September 29, 2010

in Birds, guestsMM

Buzzard - Buteo Buteo   |   Mesmerising Moments

A loop today, cycling down and upon fresh tarmac, signals of a childhood, right then left and up the long drawn hill of two years.

So I rest at the church and sit beside my mother’s plaque, brush the grass clippings from it with fingerless gloves, two years, two cold minutes.

I push on up through her wilderness, imagining bubbles of excitement and childish mischief when

unexpected, a buzzard sinks slowly from a pole shadow reaching beyond me wing tip a yard from my brake hand, such beauty an array of brown, and cream flash a few seconds shared, simply being.

She breaks away
into the worked orchard, silent.

Quick towards home, I’m flying now,
old man’s beard foaming through the hedgerows.

Today’s Mesmerising Moment is by guest contributor Ginny Battson.

Ginny has always had a passion for nature and, returning to photography after a hiatus, you can see more of her pictures on her Flickr page. You can also follow Ginny on Twitter – @ginbat.

Find out more about the distribution and habits of common buzzards (Buteo buteo) on the RSPB website.

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Photo credit: Andreas Trepte

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