Welcome to Florida Birds of Prey!
A Bird of Prey is a predatory bird, distinguished by a hooked bill and sharp claws (talons) and belonging to the order Falconiformes (diurnal birds of prey such as hawks, falcons, kites, vultures, and osprey) or Strigiformes (nocturnal birds of prey such as owls) that capture, kill, and eat other animals or feed chiefly on carrion; a raptor.
A raptor is a bird of prey. The word raptor comes from the Latin root that means ‘to seize and carry away’ and is assigned to any bird that kills with its feet. Hawks, eagles, falcons, osprey, kites, and owls are all raptors.
Florida Birds of Prey include:
Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Red-Shouldered Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-Tailed Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Broad-winged hawk, Short-tailed hawk, Swainson’s Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Osprey, Swallow-tailed Kite, White-tailed Kite, Snail Kite, Mississippi Kite, Northern Goshawk, Northern Caracara, Eurasian Kestrel, American Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Barn Owl, Burrowing Owl, Great Horned Owl, Eastern Screech-Owl, Barred Owl, Flammulated Owl, Snowy Owl, Long-eared Owl, Short-eared Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Black Vulture, and Turkey Vulture.
I am fascinated by the raw power of Birds of Prey. For instance, a Great Horned Owl can use up to 80 pounds of force with one claw. Try squeezing a scale sometime! Most humans can't do that!
Florida Birds of Prey are diverse in color, size, and shape, but they possess extreme raw power not seen in any other birds.
Please join me in a photographic journey of these amazing birds. Click on a link above to begin.