ID Chal­lenge

Bird Watching (UK) - - Contents -

Get to grips with those hard-to-iden­tify, in-flight birds of prey

BIRDS OF PREY are among the most pop­u­lar species with bird­watch­ers. But they are also among the hard­est to iden­tify. This is par­tic­u­larly be­cause they are usu­ally seen in flight, of­ten sil­hou­et­ted against a sky, with no idea of scale and most fre­quently at some dis­tance. It is also be­cause many birds are quite sim­i­lar to each other in struc­ture or plumage. The mat­ter is fur­ther con­fused by the fact that some birds (in the ex­treme case, the Buz­zard) are very vari­able in their plumage. Ad­di­tion com­pli­ca­tions come with the scarcity of some of the con­fu­sion species, mean­ing that dis­tinc­tions based on sub­tle struc­tural dif­fer­ences are ex­tra tricky to as­sess. That said, this lot of six should be straight­for­ward. ID them, then turn for our so­lu­tions and some fur­ther tips for iden­ti­fy­ing birds of prey.

BIRD 1 BIRD 3 BIRD 5 BIRD 2 BIRD 4 BIRD 6

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