Birds of Prey seen in Scotland from Kestrels and Buzzards through to Osprey and Sea Eagles.
The larger birds of prey are often seen overhead when wing shape is a useful guide for identification. For instance, the Buzzard has broad and rounded wings while a peregrine has sharply pointed wings. The Osprey has wings with a pronounced angle at the 'wrist', along with red Kites, however the Kite has the distinctive forked tail. The smaller birds of prey can more easily be identified by their flying style. A Kestrel hovers, while a merlin flies fast and low over moorland. The sparrowhawk flies low and fast close to hedges or through woodland. These are all pointers to help identify Scottish birds of prey.
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