Lapwing on our way to RSPB Titchwell on 6th January 2015
MERLIN. A speedy small falcon, similar in shape to the peregrine but only two thirds the size. Mainly breeds in the uplands of Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and northern England, although small numbers also nest in the SW of England.In general Merlins are ground nesting birds; however, they will use the abandoned nests of other birds of prey. Even though the population is rising slowly the Merlin still remains a rare and elusive bird.
Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus). Seen in wooded habitats, suburban and rural.These birds usually nest in conifers.The sparrowhawk is an excellent hunter, it will hide under cover and then launch out at speed to catch prey (predominantly small birds) in its talons whilst it's in flight. #Birds #UK
Northern Goshawk. A large hawk, almost reaching buzzard size. When seen close to it has a fierce expression with bright red eyes and a distinctive white eyebrow. Its broad wings enable it to hunt at high speed, weaving in and out of trees, and its long legs and talons can catch its prey in flight. The female is substantially larger than the male. In late winter and spring it has a 'sky-dance' display. Goshawks are still persecuted and their nests are frequently robbed.
Kagu, a bird in its own unique family is almost flightless spending almost all it's time on the ground.
Osprey!! by Nigel Winnu Great pics here: http://www.pinterest.com/windycityparrot/birds-of-prey-hawks-falcons-owls-eagles-vultures
Osprey, also known as "Sea Hawk", the body can be 24 inches long and the wing span is 71 inches, it nests in any location as long as water is near, found on every contenant except Antarctica, the nest is a large heap of sticks, driftwood and seeweed built in forks of trees, rocky outcrops and utility poles, they mate for life
Kingfisher barely causes a ripple as he dives into the water