Raptor Birds of Prey Pictures
Raptor Birds of Prey Facts, Tips For Getting Great Raptor Birds of Prey Pictures and Raptor Birds of Prey Conservation.
Raptor Birds of Prey Facts:
Birds of prey, or raptors derived from the Latin word rapere meaning to seize or take by force, fall into two basic groups. Nocturnal raptors namely owls and diurnal (daytime) raptors such as hawks, harriers, eagles, falcons, kites, caracarus, vultures, ospreys and condors. They have exceptionally good vision, a sharp, hooked beak, and powerful feet with curved, sharp talons. They hunt for food primarily while in flight using their keen senses, especially vision. Most raptor birds of prey hunt primarily for vertebrates and they use their talons to latch on to their prey and their large powerful beaks for tearing away flesh. In most cases, the females are considerably larger than the males so if you are following a mated pair that’s an easy way to distinguish the male from the female. As a predator raptor birds of prey are often at the top of the food chain and with that distinction comes concern surrounding conservation issues.
Raptor Birds of Prey Photography – Tips For Getting Great Birds of Prey Pictures.
Raptor Birds of Prey Conservation:
From majestic Bald Eagles to tiny Elf Owls, raptors are nature’s most fascinating and powerful birds. As predators with wide ranging habitats and food sources, raptors also serve as a litmus test for the health of their ecosystems. To preserve a species such as the Everglade Kite or Spotted Owl is to ensure the survival of many other creatures. As stated above there are two basic groups of birds of prey however within each group there are many sub-species as is evidenced by the 176 sub-species of owls alone. This makes it next to impossible to cover all birds of prey conservation issues on this site that would require an entire book.
Fortunately Ornithologists Noel and Helen Snyder have spent nearly fifty years studying and photographing birds of prey in their natural habitat and they have written just such a book. The result of decades of firsthand field studies combined with key biological and conservation studies by other experts, Raptors of North America presents a comprehensive and captivating account of our continent’s birds of prey. Readers will meet the nocturnal raptors, the owls, and the diurnal raptors: hawks, harriers, kites, falcons, eagles, ospreys, vultures, and condors and learn first hand what the conservation issues are surrounding these treasured resources. This book comes highly recommended as it was an editor’s choice of the Scientific American Book Club.
US Customers Can Buy Raptors of North America: Natural History and Conservation Here
CDN Customers Can Buy Raptors of North America: Natural History and Conservation Here