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Hobby: Birds of Britain

Posted in Animals, Birds, Nature, Wildlife on Monday, 28 February 2011

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These handsome birds of prey are true masters of the air, flying so expertly on their scythe-shaped wings that they can fly down even a swift or swallow, capturing the prey without a moment’s check in flight. Small birds are usually carried to a plucking post to be eaten, but insects such as dragonflies are brought to the beak by the feet, to be devoured on the wing without pausing for a second. In courtship this skill is displayed to the full, the male “stooping” at the female, as if to attack her, then passing prey to her at full speed in the air.

This edited article originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 909 published on 23 June 1979. We are able to license textual material. Please contact us for details.

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