Birds of Prey
Birds of Prey, like the Eagle and the Peregrine, seem to capture the imagination of children and adults alike. Maybe this is because of their size, their speed, their flying and hunting skills or maybe it just because they are raptors. Raptors use their strong talons to seize and carry their prey away. All birds of prey are raptors.
Birds of Prey are also birds that hunt smaller birds (as well as other animals) and in this website we have written (up to now) about 10 different birds from the Golden Eagle to the Barn Owl and we will be writing about the Marsh Harrier, the Merlin and the Sparrowhawk soon. In this category we have not included the Grey Heron even though it is a bird of prey because it also eats smaller birds. The Grey Heron can be found in the ‘Fish Eating Birds’ and ‘Wading Birds’ sections.
Birds of Prey can be found all over the country. Some can be seen perching on posts in the open countryside, some on farmlands, some near motorways and busy dual carriageways and some, like the owls, are very rarely seen because they do most of their activities in the dark of night. Wherever and whatever time of day these wonderful birds may be found, they all have something in common: they all want to survive in our ever changing environment.