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Buzzards migrate to and through Thailand in the winter, so it was no surprise when I got a call in early January, 2003 that a sickly hawk-bird was laying on the ground fighting off dogs at Ya Nui Beach. I got her to box it and bring it to me, and now we had a buzzard.

We lived on top of Cape Panwa in a rubber plantation-jungle setting where we had plenty of room for hawk-like birds.

The rehab was one of the easiest and fastest in history. My guess is the migrating buzzard ran out of food - and energy. After three days of bountiful food and water, our buzzard was active and ready to fly.

The last three shots show the buzzard resting in my left hand at the time of release while my FM2 is in my right hand - no automatic lenses here folks!

The buzzard was free to fly at any time, but seemed to savor its time with me. As with many raptor rehabs, the buzzard didn't go far - it found a roost in a dead tree about 50 meters from our house, staying until we moved three months later.

Buzzards are gregarious and often migrate in flocks - maybe this guy met up with its flock on the run back North. But if the bird is clever, it will stay right on the lush summit of Cape Panwa.

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