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I recently witnessed an extraordinary spectacle of the skill of avian flight.

We are used to hearing of the speed, dexterity or endurance of birds, but this was rather different. I was in a wood in Kent when a Buzzard (Common Buzzard to pedantic birdwatchers!) drifted over. I watched it through a gap in the foliage, about 80 feet above me, as it remained motionless for 20 seconds. There was no wing movement, and I could see not the slightest feather ruffle. It was quite an eerie experience. Alastair Henderson