Peregrine Falcon (m)

The common buzzard is now the most common raptor in the UK after a rapid increase in numbers after years of persecution.

Common Buzzard

The kestrel is the hovering falcon that was once a common sight on motorways and A-roads

Kestrel (f)

Kestrels can hover for long periods without moving position, even in high winds.

Kestrel (f)

Kestrels are vole specialists, like barn owls, and suffer declines in the same way as barn owls if habitats are intensively managed.

Kestrel

The male kestrel in a colourful bird

Kestrel (m)

The golden eagle is exclusive to Scotland in the UK and is one of our largest raptors.

Golden Eagle

Golden eagles are unsociable birds that like to nest a long way away from humans - their eyesight is phenominal.

Golden Eagle

This is a juvenile goshawk mantling prey.

Goshawk (j)

Juvenile goshawk calling

Goshawk (j)

The goshawk is a shy and powerful woodland predator. This is a juvenile in its brown plumage.

Goshawk (j)

Hen harriers are one of our rarest birds of prey and stunning moorland predators.

Hen Harrier (f)

This is a wintering male harrier photographed in Dorset hunting around Poole Harbour.

Hen Harrier (m)

It took 6 trips and 15 weeks to get this close up of a male harrier - still not the shot I wanted but happy anyway because they are SO difficult.

Hen Harrier (m)

This exciting photograph was taken in the Outer Hebrides and shows a juvenile hen harrier chasing a golden plover on moorland - an amazing encounter.

Hen Harrier (j)

The golden plover got away!

Hen Harrier (j)

The marsh harriers at RSPB Minsmere give amazing opportunities for photographs from the hides as this capture proves.

Marsh Harrier (m)

Marsh harriers were driven near to extinction in the UK in the seventies due to land drainage but the re-flooding of nature reserves has saved the day.

Marsh Harrier (m)

Merlins often winter in the South, hunting flocks of pipits, finches and thrushes on arable farmland.

Merlin (f)

A colourful shot but a set up shot - a merlin is more likely to have a pipit in its talons than a bullfinch

Merlin (f)

Merlin on a stone wall - a typical view of this fast falcon. Merlins are know to chase prey in pairs, chasing for long periods.

Merlin

Merlins fly fast and low over moors and heathland with rapid wingbeats and long sythe-shaped wings.

Merlin (f)

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The tiercel or male peregrine is called that becase it is about a third smaller than the female.

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The peregrine can stoop at over 200mph - the fastest bird on the planet.

Peregrine Falcon (m)

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When they are in their first year, peregrines have brown plumage, only to change to the adult colours after the first moult.

Peregrine Falcon (j)

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The white-tailed eagle has been another conservation success story on the West coast of Scotland.

White-tailed Eagle

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This eagle was photographed at Portree, Skye, as it came in for a fish on an eagle watching boat trip.

White-tailed Eagle

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Its caled a white-tailed eagle for a reason!

White-tailed Eagle

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This beautiful raptor was once close to extinction in the UK by the 20th Century but conservation efforts have revived its fortunes.

Red Kite

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Feeding stations in Wales kicked off the revival, with many birds being ring-tagged to track their progress.

Red Kite

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A chance encounter with a female devouring prey at the side of a road in Norfolk.

Sparrowhawk

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The unfortunate death of a rescued bird enabled me to take some study pictures for education.

Sparrowhawk Talons

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