The Common Buzzard in the photograph had been found and sent to us by people concerned about the survival of this beautiful two year old female predator. We had absolutely no idea where and how it was found when we received her. It was obvious however that the bird’s plumage had sustained damage which made her immediate release impossible, despite the fact that there were no other injuries.


The damage to the bird’s plumage was caused by incorrect delivery, for which a more appropriate box should have been used.Despite the willingness of the hawk’s rescuers to help it, improper handling almost cost the bird its freedom and even its life. As a result, we kept the Common Buzzard for two weeks until its flight feathers healed and it was in proper condition to fly to freedom. It is obvious that when we come across wild animals in need and we want to help them, we should never forget that they are wild and therefore require careful handling so that their condition does not deteriorate further. So, after marking ringing it, we finally set the young Common Buzzard free in the region of Nea Triglia, Chalkidiki, on March 6th 2011. We wish a good journey from the bottom of our hearts and we hope that we only see her again in her natural environment.

Photos of the release…