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Birds of Prey Experience – Get Up Close & Personal with a Falcon, Owl & a Hawk
Why not venture outside this Easter and see a range of beautiful birds of prey?
By: Joanne Walters
The term ‘bird of prey’ has a pretty wide meaning that includes virtually all birds that hunt and feed of other animals, but not excluding those which eat tiny insects. These flighty, cunning creatures are infamously difficult to spot in the wild which of course makes this experience even more rewarding.
The first bird you will encounter is the Hawk. These magnificent birds are believed to have vision several times sharper than humans, partially because of the enormous number of photoreceptor cells in their retinas – humans have 200,000 of these per square mm, whereas the Hawk has a whopping 1,000,000!
These birds are advanced in other ways in addition to their advanced sight abilities. Their nostrils are located just above the bill on a fleshy patch of skin called the cere. Hawks are usually known for their especially sharp talons which they can use easily to catch prey even when in flight.
Next up are the falcons. Falcons come in many different species ranging from the Barred Forest Falcon, Eleonora’s Falcon and the Peregrine Falcon (http://www.redletterdays.co.uk/
Most adult falcons have thin tapered wings which enable to fly at these incredible speeds and change direction rapidly. Incredibly, some falcons have been recorded diving at speeds of 200 miles an hour making them the fastest animal on Earth!
Lastly, is the mythical hunter of the night, the owl (http://www.redletterdays.co.uk/
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