Romania: birds of prey

In Romania we saw an extraordinary number of eagles, buzzards, sparrowhawks, harriers, and falcons. I even managed to get pictures of a few.  Below you will find very average shots of a hobby and a lesser-spotted eagle, half decent shots of a red-footed falcon and pretty good shots of a white-tailed eagle.

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Hobby (Falco subbuteo)

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Lesser Spotted Eagle (Clanga pomarina)

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Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus)
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White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)

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Garden Kite

We regularly have one or two red kites gliding through or flying close to our garden – possibly attracted by next door’s chickens. Usually, as I reach for the camera they disappear from view.  Yesterday, however, I actually managed to get a shot of a kite as it exited our garden and then some distant shots as it perched in tall trees and scouted the area.

 

Sparrowhawk

When you are with people who ring (or band) birds in late Spring you expect to see warblers, finches maybe even wagtails.  You don’t expect to see a Sparrowhawk.  This female was ringed at North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory and it was just fantastic to see her up close.

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