The peregrine falcon is undoubtedly one of Ireland’s most impressive birds. A large, powerful falcon it is considered by many to be the ultimate bird-of-prey, diving in a spectacular, vertical stoop to strike its quarry – other birds – in mid air. The peregrine is thought to reach speeds of up to 180 mph as it plummets earthward, though it usually levels off slightly and slows … [Read more...] about Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
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A Stellar's sea eagle called Nikita has gone missing in the Yorkshire Dales in England. The female bird, which is one of the world's largest bird of prey species with a wingspan of 2.4 metres (8ft), went missing from her home at the Hawk Experience in Settle on Saturday. Her trainer, Chris O'Donnel, said that while she could have travelled a vast distance in the interim, he … [Read more...] about How do you lose something that big?
Fast and agile, the sparrowhawk is a supremely capable aerial predator. This fierce-looking bird is one of our most common and widespread raptors, and is found throughout the country. However its shy and secretive nature means that it often goes undetected. Sparrowhawks are medium-sized birds, with a body length of between 28 and 30 centimetres (11 and 15 inches), a wingspan … [Read more...] about Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)
Check out this AMAZING Peregrine Falcon photograph posted to the Ireland's Wildlife group on Flickr by Neil O'Reilly. A more than worthy shot to kick off our regular Wednesday "Wildlife Photograph of the Week" slot. Photograph All rights reserved by Neil O'Reilly If you'd like to see one of your photographs featured in our "Photo of the Week" slot simply add your … [Read more...] about Awesome peregrine falcon photograph
An Irish-hatched red kite has successfully reared a brood of young in Ireland for the first time in almost 200 years. The male bird was hatched in Ireland in 2010 to Welsh "donor" parents released as part of the red kite reintroduction project coordinated by the Golden Eagle Trust. This Irish bred kite successfully raised two chicks this season at a nest site in Redcross, … [Read more...] about Irish red kite breeds successfully in County Wicklow