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.
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