When it comes to birds of prey, I’ve made it clear that owls are my favorites. They garner a lot of attention from photographers in North America and around the world. Eagles are pretty popular too, from our own national symbol to the powerful Golden eagle, or perhaps the great variety of colorful or elusive eagle species found throughout Africa, Latin America and Asia (one of these, the Harpy eagle, remains the number one bird on my personal wish list).
Eagles and owls get a lot of pub, and hawks (known as buzzards in the eastern hemisphere) have a certain flair that garners attention. But what about the other, smaller raptors? I realized recently that I’ve seen a fair number of smaller species of birds of prey during my overseas travels. Many of these exhibit interesting behaviors… others simply look cool! Because I haven’t shared a lot of images of these raptors I felt it was time to dedicate a photo feature article to some of them.
Here are a few of the smaller or lesser-known raptors I’ve encountered over the years.
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