Oriental Honey Buzzard

One afternoon in April 2015, when we were going to look for the big cats... This Female Oriental Honey Buzzard also known as Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhyncus) caught my eye. It was sitting on a branch far away from the track, where our vehicle was, none the less, I decided to click it. 

As soon as I focused my camera, as if reading my mind and deciding to oblige, it flew from that branch and came nearer and perched on a tree very close. 


It appears long-necked with a small head (resembling that of a pigeon), and soars on flat wings. The head lacks a strong supraciliary ridge giving it a very un-raptor-like facial appearance. It has a long tail and a short head crest. It is brown above, but not as dark as honey buzzard, and paler below. There is a dark throat stripe. Unusually for a large bird of prey, the sexes can be distinguished. The male has a blue-grey head, while the female's head is brown. She is slightly larger and darker than the male. The male has a black tail with a white band, whilst the female resembles female honey buzzard.

Nikon | 400 mm | f/4.5 | ISO 100 | 1/80 seconds