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Birds of prey

Steve Stamford | Barn Owl

Barn Owl

The Barn Owl - Tyto Alba is probably the most easily recognised owl, certainly in the UK.
Steve Stamford | Eurasian Eagle Owl

Eurasian Eagle Owl

Eurasian Eagle Owl. The Eurasian Eagle owl (Bubo bubo) sometimes called the European Eagle Owl and considered to be from the larger Horned Owl family. Eagle Owls eat pretty much everything from beetles, voles, ducks, rabbits to other owls and hunts both on the ground and taking prey out of the air.
Steve Stamford | Western Screech Owl

Western Screech Owl

The Western Screech Owl (Megascops kennicotti) is native to America, Alaska and Mexico. A small owl, typically around 20cm high and feeding on a mixed live food diet of reptiles, amphibians, insects, birds, and small mammals.
Steve Stamford | Pygmy owl

Pygmy owl

The Pygmy owl looks remarkably fierce despite being just a few inches tall.
Steve Stamford | Peregrine on glove

Peregrine on glove

A peregrine falcon on a falconer's glove.
Steve Stamford | Indian Eagle Owl

Indian Eagle Owl

My friend used to look after 'Mo' an Indian Eagle owl and she was always very patient when being photographed.
Steve Stamford | Bald Eagle 2

Bald Eagle 2

The bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is a handsome bird - assuming of course that you are not anything it wishes to eat. Feeding mainly on fish, which it scoops up from the surface of the water in mid flight it will also scavenge on carrion.
Steve Stamford | Snowy owl head

Snowy owl head

This is a very close up image of a snowy owl - Bubo scandiacus. The snowy owl hunts mainly by day and is very nomadic, following prey abundance rather than defending a particular territory unless nesting.
Steve Stamford | Barn Owl portrait

Barn Owl portrait

The Barn Owl - Tyto Alba is probably the most easily recognised owl, certainly in the UK.
Steve Stamford | Harris Hawk stare

Harris Hawk stare

The Harris hawk is typical of birds of prey - hooked beak, sharply swept wings and eyes as sharp as the talons on the end of its feet.
Steve Stamford | Female Harris Hawk

Female Harris Hawk

The Harris Hawk - Parabuteo Unicinctus is a comparatively large raptor weighing in at up to 1 kilo and with a wingspan of around 60 -75cm. It is unique amongst raptors as it can and will hunt in family groups which allows it to tackle larger prey than a single bird could.
Steve Stamford | Bengal Indian Eagle Owl

Bengal Indian Eagle Owl

The Bengal Indian Eagle Owl - Bubo Bengalensis - is generally nocturnal and hunts from a perch on a wide range of prey including rats, mice and insects.
Steve Stamford | Young Bald Eagle 1

Young Bald Eagle 1

Bald Eagle - Haliaeetus leucocephalus. Despite the name bald eagles aren't - their head feathers are white but this is a juvenile and won't grow that distinctive white head until around 5 years old. With a wing span of up to 8 feet and feeding on pretty much everything from carrion to fish it is an opportunistic feeder.
Steve Stamford | Young Bald Eagle 2

Young Bald Eagle 2

Bald Eagle - Haliaeetus leucocephalus. Despite the name bald eagles aren't - their head feathers are white but this is a juvenile and won't grow that distinctive white head until around 5 years old. With a wing span of up to 8 feet and feeding on pretty much everything from carrion to fish it is an opportunistic feeder.
Steve Stamford | Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle

The Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) are fast, agile hunters who roam over quite large teritorries in search of small mammals and rodents which they capture with their large, sharp talons and for many years have been valued in the falconry community for their hunting prowess.
Steve Stamford | Golden Eagle at rest

Golden Eagle at rest

The Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) are fast, agile hunters who roam over quite large teritorries in search of small mammals and rodents which they capture with their large, sharp talons and for many years have been valued in the falconry community for their hunting prowess.
Steve Stamford | Bald Eagle square

Bald Eagle square

The bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is a handsome bird - assuming of course that you are not anything it wishes to eat. Feeding mainly on fish, which it scoops up from the surface of the water in mid flight it will also scavenge on carrion.
Steve Stamford | Golden eagle 2

Golden eagle 2

The Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) are fast, agile hunters who roam over quite large teritorries in search of small mammals and rodents which they capture with their large, sharp talons and for many years have been valued in the falconry community for their hunting prowess.
Steve Stamford | Tawny Eagle 3

Tawny Eagle 3

Tawny Eagle, Aquila rapax. A large eagle some 24–30 inches in length with a wingspan of around 60–75 inches and weighing up to 6 1/2 lb.
Steve Stamford | Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

The bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is a handsome bird - assuming of course that you are not anything it wishes to eat. Feeding mainly on fish, which it scoops up from the surface of the water in mid flight it will also scavenge on carrion.
Steve Stamford | Harris Hawk fractal

Harris Hawk fractal

A Harris Hawk close up with a fractal filter.