Raptors also known as birds of prey include species of birds that mainly hunt and feed on vertebrates that are large relative to the hunter.  They have keen eyesight and strong feet with talons and powerful beaks. Raptor – Latin for rapio meaning to seize or take by force.

*Even though some of my birds are not portfolio worthy I continue to keep them for a reference record for me in my birding  journey.  It’s good to have something to refer back to for comparison and identification.