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Hunters with wings

Among all bird-groups, Raptors or Birds of Prey are the ones who attract the attention of many bird-lovers as well as the songbirds of course which are well-known to most people from our gardens.

Raptors are specialised in hunting other birds, mammals, reptiles and even fishes. Evolution has prepared them for this task with sharp claws which close around the body of their victims with an impressive power as well as with hooked beaks which are used to kill and cut the prey. While some species as falcons mainly use their beak to kill, other as Royal Eagles, Buzzards and others rely on their strong claws to catch and also wipe out their victims.

Also the hunting tactics vary from family to family: Some species soar high in the sky and execute a sharp vertical attack as soon as they detect a suitable object (Eagles, Buzzards) while others stay under the cover of dense forest vegetation to suddenly burst out and catch the prey on surprise (Sparrow Hawks and Goshawks). Among the raptors we find also the fastest bird of the world: the Peregrine Falcon which attains a speed reaching over 322 km/h (200 mph) during its characteristic hunting stoop (high speed dive).

Today I wanted to present a few of my Photos of Birds of Prey:

Common Buzzard in flight

Common Buzzard

Marsh Harrier flying

Marsh Harrier

Red Kite raptor flying

Red Kite

Osprey in flight

Osprey

Female Kestrel flying

Common Kestrel

A couple of the American Kestrel

American Kestrel (Cuba)

Sparrow Hawk in flight

Sparrow Hawk

White-tailed Eagle in autumn sky

White-tailed Eagle (Lithuania)

Golden Eagle on a rock

Golden Eagle (Spain)

Black-collared Hawk

Black-collared Hawk (Peru)

Yellow-headed Caracara

Yellow-headed Caracara (Peru)

Close-up of a Snail Kite

Snail Kite (Peru)

Savannah Hawk in flight

Savannah Hawk (Kenya)

MotherLittle Owl on guard

Little Owl

Martial Eagle

Martial Eagle (Kenya)

Photo credits: Hans Peter Egert.

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September 24, 2016

Joezachs

Wow.... what a collection.
Like those juvenile American Kestrel.

March 24, 2016

Fjarabica

Nice

March 19, 2016

Physi28

thank you very much!

March 19, 2016

Photostock2015

Beautiful pictures,congratulations mister: )

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