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Birds of Prey

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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.

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Buzzard

Buzzard

The Buzzard is also known as the Common Buzzard and is a member of the Falcon family which include the Peregrine, the Kestrel and the Merlin. The Buzzard is a bird of pr

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Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle

Golden Eagles are one of the best-known birds of prey and usually stay in pairs for the whole of their lives. Unfortunately it seems that the last pair of Golden Eagles

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Harrier (Hen)

Harrier (Hen)

The Hen Harrier is a medium-sized bird of prey that can be found in the north of England, although visiting Hen Harriers can also be seen in the south in winter. It can

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Kestrel

Kestrel

The Kestrel is one of the smaller members of the Falcon family, which include the Buzzard, the Merlin and the Peregrine. It can be found throughout England near motorway

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Kite (Red)

Kite (Red)

The Red Kite is a beautiful-looking bird of prey that has long wings and a long forked tail. It can stay and soar in the sky for hours hardly beating its wings and it of

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Owl (Barn)

Owl (Barn)

The Barn Owl is a bird of prey with a snowy white, heart-shaped face and large black eyes which give this owl a rather ghost-like appearance. It has its name the ‘Barn

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Owl (Long-eared)

Owl (Long-eared)

The Long-eared Owl has its name because it has two patches of long thin feathers on its head which look like ears. However, these feathers are not ears, but ‘ear-tufts

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Owl (Short-eared)

Owl (Short-eared)

The Short-eared Owl can be found in most parts of England and can occasionally be seen in the day hunting in open country and open rough grasslands. It has its name ‘

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Owl (Tawny)

Owl (Tawny)

The Tawny Owl is sometimes known as the ‘brown owl’ because of its brown colouring and also the ‘wood owl’ because of its preference for living in woods. It is v

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Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

The Peregrine is a large and powerful falcon that is also known as the Peregrine Falcon. It can mainly be found in the west of England in open country, along rocky sea c

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