15 Jaw-Dropping Photos of Birds of Prey in Flight

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When you think of fearsome predators, which ones come first to mind? Wolves? Lions or bears? How about snakes or sharks? Some of you might even be in the midst of a bone-chilling flashback about a menacing spider you once encountered. But what about birds? Most people think of a pet parrot or a handsome cardinal or some similar non-threatening winged creature; unless you happen to be an ornithophobe, none of these is going to be any cause for concern. Make no mistake, though — there are some real rock stars among the class of animal we refer to as birds. Eagles, owls, hawks, falcons, and other raptors characterized by peerless vision, powerful beak, and piercing talons are some of nature’s most efficient hunters.

The photos below capture various birds of prey in flight, some in active pursuit of their next meal. If you’re uneasy around birds, take this opportunity to marvel our ferocious feathered friends from the safest place possible — in front of a screen.

Eastern Marsh Harrier - 澤鷂
Photo by andy li

Red Kites - Gigrin Farm Wales
Photo by Airwolfhound

Natural Recycling
Photo by Brendan Lally

Turkey vulture.
Photo by Nick Christoff

Ma  Osprey
Photo by Finiky

Male Osprey and Barracuda
Photo by Andy Morffew

Buse variable / Common Buzzard
Photo by Jean-Jacques Boujot

Falcon 5
Photo by Tony Hisgett

black-collared hawk
Photo by Bart van Dorp

Imperial Eagle VS Imperial Eagle
Photo by andy li

Bird Attack!
Photo by Marc Cappelletti

Imperial Eagle-Hunt
Photo by andy li

Majestic Birds of Prey
Photo by Steve Jurvetson

SEA EAGLE - BOOM!!
Photo by Jacob Spinks

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Photo by Craig ONeal

About Author

Jason Little is a photographer, author and stock shooter. You can see Jason’s photography on his Website or his Instagram feed.

A Turkey Vulture is a Scavenger not a Bird of Prey (thePhoto by Nick Christoff) but it still a wonderful Photo

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