"Black breasted buzzard' - Hamirostra melanosternon

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"Black breasted buzzard' - Hamirostra melanosternon

Wallhanging
Dimensions:
76.00cm H x 91.00cm W
Medium:
Acrylic
Year Completed:
2018
Subject(s):
Bird
Original for Sale:
Original Available
Available as Ltd Edition:
No
Artist will donate 20% to Birds Australia from sale of this work.
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$1,950 USD

The black-breasted buzzard (Hamirostra melanosteron) is a magnificent large raptor with an outstretched wingspan measuring 147–156 cm.

I saw my first black breasted buzzard while visiting the Eagles Heritage Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in the Margaret River region, Southwest Australia. Buzzards are very impressive with striking rust coloured plumage.

I was then extremely lucky to see a pair in the wild on the side of the road feeding on carrion.

These birds are often victims of the large road trains that truck through the vast areas of Australia. Due to the large wingspan the birds are slow to take off and the trucks are not able to stop. Illegal egg collection and shooting are also contributing to the decline of these birds.

Buzzards are versatile hunters known for special egg cracking skill and are usually monogamous, forming lifelong bonds.

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