Top 25 Wild Raptors

Wild Bird Trust presents the Top 25 Wild Raptors. Raptors are some of the most awe-inspiring birds. They are strong and agile with excellent eyesight, making them highly adept hunters. This week we feature raptors from all over the globe, from the tiny Falconet of south-east Asia to the mighty Martial Eagle of Africa. The response to this week’s theme was amazing, we were flooded with photographs of magnificent raptors. Thank you to everyone for sharing their photographs and allowing us to appreciate these amazing birds! We will announce next week’s theme this coming Sunday so keep an eye out on the Facebook page.

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The American Kestrel is a rather small raptor, standing at 20-30 centimetres tall. Given their size the majority of their prey is made up of insects (Leslie Reagan)top 25 wild raptors 1 - Top 25 Wild RaptorsBlack Kites have become accustomed to living around humans, in some cities in Africa and Asia they can be commonly seen foraging in urban and suburban areas (Carlo Galliani)top 25 wild raptors 2 - Top 25 Wild RaptorsThe Collared Falconet is one of the smallest of the falcon family, standing at just 14-18 centimetres. They are native to south-east Asia, this one was photographed in Bhutan (Sujoy Sarkar)top 25 wild raptors 3 - Top 25 Wild RaptorsAs their name suggests the Changeable Hawk-eagle is highly varied in its plumage. This is a normal morph with a crest but they also occur without a crest and in a dark morph (Atanu Chakraborty)top 25 wild raptors 4 - Top 25 Wild RaptorsA Lesser Kestrel photographed at Lake Karla (Antonis Tsaknakis)top 25 wild raptors 5 - Top 25 Wild RaptorsA crestless morph of the Changeable Hawk-eagle perched in a tree (Sukrit Biswas)top 25 wild raptors 6 - Top 25 Wild RaptorsAdult Bateleurs have bright red bills and legs, this is however a juvenile. Bateleurs are widespread across much of sub-saharan Africa (Sharon Templin)top 25 wild raptors 7 - Top 25 Wild RaptorsBlack-winged Kites eat primarily rodents which they sometimes consume in flight (Subham Chowdhury)top 25 wild raptors 8 - Top 25 Wild RaptorsMartial Eagles stand at almost a metre high and can take prey up to the size of small antelope (Sharon Templin)top 25 wild raptors 9 - Top 25 Wild RaptorsThe Crested Serpent Eagle hunts from an exposed perch, they take mainly reptiles (Anirban Roychowdhury)top 25 wild raptors 10 - Top 25 Wild RaptorsThe Long-crested Eagle makes use of open forest, they rely on trees to build their nests. This eagle was photographed in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania (Edwin Godinho)top 25 wild raptors 11 - Top 25 Wild RaptorsThis Northern Saw-whet Owl is found only in the woodlands of North America (Tim Nicol)top 25 wild raptors 12 - Top 25 Wild RaptorsThe Red-tailed Hawk builds its nest on a variety of structures like trees, cliffs, cacti and buildings (Adi Ringer)top 25 wild raptors 13 - Top 25 Wild RaptorsA juvenile Rufous-bellied Eagle photographed in Uttarakhand, India (Vishal Monakar)top 25 wild raptors 14 - Top 25 Wild RaptorsAt first glance you would not say that The Secretarybird is a raptor but Regardless they are adept hunters, stalking through the grass to catch snakes, insects and small mammals (Edwin Godinho)top 25 wild raptors 15 - Top 25 Wild RaptorsThe Greater Spotted Eagle breeds in the forests of central Asia. Due to deforestation in these areas, these eagles are now vulnerable to extinction (Dr S Alagu Ganesh)top 25 wild raptors 16 - Top 25 Wild RaptorsSpotted Owlets nest opportunistically in cavities, in trees or sometimes in cavities previously used by other birds like mynas and parakeets (Kuntal Das)top 25 wild raptors 17 - Top 25 Wild RaptorsThis magnificent Steppe Eagle is considered endangered due to habitat destruction and persecution (Tauseef Zafer)top 25 wild raptors 18 - Top 25 Wild RaptorsA White-bellied sea-eagle soars above the Zuari River, India (Bhargavi Gokarna)top 25 wild raptors 19 - Top 25 Wild RaptorsA close up of a Griffon Vulture in Rajasthan, India (Amit Kumar Srivastava)top 25 wild raptors 20 - Top 25 Wild RaptorsWhen courting, Laggar Falcons engage in spectacular display flights (Amit Kumar Srivastava)top 25 wild raptors 21 - Top 25 Wild RaptorsAn Osprey with prey in California. Ospreys are widespread, they are found on every continent! (Adi Ringer)top 25 wild raptors 22 - Top 25 Wild RaptorsFor a vulture, the Himalayan Griffon has a fairly restricted range, occurring in and around the Himalayan mountain range (Sandipan Ghosh)top 25 wild raptors 23 - Top 25 Wild RaptorsIn winter Short-eared Owls can frequently be found roosting in groups of up to 20 (Vipul Trivedi)top 25 wild raptors 24 - Top 25 Wild RaptorsA White-tailed eagle in the snow in Hokkaido, Japan (Mohit Kumar Ghatak)

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Edited by Christie Craig, Campaign Manager

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Originally posted 2018-03-16 14:58:34.


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