Monday, 3 October 2011


Whilst out yesterday I photographed one of these Raptors soaring the thermals and looking for prey, some love these highly evolved creatures and others despise them. One of my favourite birds is the Peregrine Falcon, along with the Sparrowhawk with its supreme flying skills. The Peregrine is the fastest flying bird in the world and has been recorded in its stoop (or dive) at over two hundred miles per hour, in fact Frightful a captive bred Peregrine was clocked at 242 miles per hour

The reason for this blog is to highlight the plight of our Raptors, we recently have had incidents of intentional poisoning of our birds of prey under the pretence of saving our songbirds.In  Gloucester, Devon and in my home town we have experienced poisonings, birds such as the endangered Goshawks, Sparrowhawks and our Peregrines have suffered by the hands of these ill informed criminals. Deadly poisons have been used lacing dead pigeons with the poisons and leaving them in places, even public places endangering children. The fallacy of blaming our song bird decline on raptors is purely based on hear say and myth .  Check this link for the scientific facts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          


  1. Oh my goodness, what a beautiful series! Love these.

  2. Great to see someone standing up for these Beautiful Raptors Sam. The ignorant B*****ds responsible for poisoning them should be prosecuted, but the "law" is spineless!!!!

  3. The above comment was made by John C

  4. Well said Sam,i also agree with J.C.

  5. Hi friends,

    Raptors have perfected the art of soaring to reduce the amount of energy they expend during their search for food on the fly. They generally have a hooked beak and strong talons. The females are usually considerably larger than the males. Thanks a lot......