Buzzards of Mitcham Common

I took a long walk today in search of the large flocks of Parakeets known to roost in the trees around the pub on Mitcham Common. Unfortunately they were all elsewhere today, but all was not lost. I wandered up a hill and noticed a hovering bird of prey. I couldn’t decide whether it was a buzzard or a kestrel… or even something entirely different. The sun prevented my camera lens from seeing its colours. As I tried to focus, it hurled itself to the ground. I ran over to see if I could catch the action, and just managed to photograph the bird as it flew away with its kill.

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