I checked the RSPB page and the information seems to check out - it was 'hovering' above a river and pond next to farmland.
I'm not an expert Josh so wait for other opinions and I've only ever seen Common Buzzards of which this looks similar. This BTO comparison may help you. and will certainly give you more information.
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Can't see why it would be anything but a Common Buzzard from that video - they are so variable anyway. I would certainly want my first ever Rough Legged Buzzard picture to be irrefutable.
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The only Rough-legged Buzzard that I've seen was sitting in a tree in Finland a very long way away.
As you can see it has quite a pale head and upper body. Yours seems to have quite a dark head. However, mine was taken in June whereas yours is in early spring. Not much help I'm afraid.
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Thanks for the input everyone. This article really seems to highlight it as well.
So the pale plumage is an individual variation from birth and not related at all to something like winter?
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