I think I do know the answer to the question I pose below, but this bird is bugging me now and I keep looking at the pictures and telling myself its just a common.....but theres that niggle of doubt that I want to put to bed!
Is this a common buzzard or an adult male rough leg?
Bird seen relatively briefly in poor weather conditions. I was first alerted to it when i saw it hovering very well, it then landed briefly where I took the first picture (poor but shows pale features, as well as reed in the way!). The bird then headed west, got mobbed by crows and didnt come up again in the hour I waited in sleet and northerly wind brr!
I do not know much about adult male rough legged buzzard plumage and cant find an awful lot in my books or on the internet hence asking here. To me there are a few pro RLB features and jizz was certainly very good for rlb, but I'm also well aware that I have seen everything from white buzzards right through to very dark individuals so they can throw up all sorts of odd plumages.
What do you think? I'd really like to know!