Cathi came round for dinner last night and we talked about raptors. We all thought they were a large but specific group of predaceous birds. We thought the group did not include owls or herons. We searched the dictionaries. Most said that raptor was a name for any bird of prey and some mentioned that the term raptor also meant flying dinosaur. You can certainly imagine the dinosaur genetic inheritance in many predaceous birds! I must admit we ended being rather confused. Cathi had promised to send me some of her fine pictures of local birds of prey (excluding owls and herons which I will keep for a future post). We find it quite remarkable that Harry was able to photograph five different birds of prey in his garden in Seaton Ross
I struggled for a title for this post and settled on hawk. When I looked up this word I was even more confused. I would be grateful if anyone can cast any light and no doubt if any of today’s birds are not hawks someone will tell me! As you can see, I changed my mind and went back to raptor!
|The common buzzard is an opportunistic predator and has a peea-ay cry rather like a cats’s meow
|The red kite’s diet of small mammals and much carrion also includes earthworms
|The kestrel hovers facing the wind searching its prey
|Low flying merlins rely on their speed and agility to catch their prey
|Followers of my blog need no introduction to the sparrow hawk!
|On my roof
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