Birds of prey

Winter Wildlife

Birds of prey

© Luke Massey/2020VISION

Raptors

Famously solitary animals, raptors and owls are the highly-skilled hunters of the avian world. Whether it's courtship displays, aerial prowess or high-speed ambush flights you’re after, birds of prey offer magnificent spectacles at all times of year, even during the depths of winter.

Buzzard

© Christopher Dean

Buzzard

Listen out for the cat-like, 'kee-yaa' calls of the Buzzard as it soars high overhead. Once suffering from severe persecution and pesticide poisoning, it has made a stunning comeback to most of the UK

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Red kite

© Jon Hawkins

Red kite

Persecuted to near extinction in the UK, the Red Kite has made a tremendous comeback thanks to reintroduction programmes and legal protection. Seeing one of these magnificent birds soaring high in the sky is a true delight.

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Sparrowhawk

©Mark Hamblin/2020VISION

Sparrowhawk

The sparrowhawk is a small bird of prey that can be found in all kinds of habitats. It often visits gardens in winter months in search of smaller birds to prey on. With garden feeders attracting birds like finches, tits and sparrows, they offer the possibility of an easy meal.

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Top sites for winter birds of prey