Friday, January 11, 2008

Raptor silhouettes

I found an image of bird of prey silhouettes that might come in handy for those who struggle with diurnal raptor IDs in flight...(myself included, sometimes). Since raptors are usually seen flying away or over our heads, this is a great way to at least narrow down the choices:

Harriers and osprey are in their own families and are not included here. Though they should have been. And vultures are not represented, either. Just think of an eagle with a teeny head.
: )

Print it out and stick it in your field guide...
(Image from NCA)

3 comments:

egretsnest said...

Harumph. You think THAT'S impressive . . . check out this . . . http://cres.sandiegozoo.org/images/condor_compare_chart.jpg

Those Condors are SERIOUSLY big birds -- little heads or no! :)

mon@rch said...

Thanks and I remember when these use to be found in fieldguides! Does that make me old?

Amy said...

Very helpful graphic! Now what would really be great is if you could offer tips on how to distinguish between a Cooper's hawk and a Sharp-Shinned hawk...something that took me several frustrating weeks to figure out.