Walking with Meredith in early fall, saw this beautiful bird hovering above, doing gentle circles, white tail backlit by the sun. They flap wings when hunting so this one was probably just chilling out.
Distributed throughout Europe and northern Asia.
Considered a threatened species.
A significant recent increase in the British population has resulted in the recolonisation of Ireland.
Diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey.
Unusual in that it is a single living species that occurs nearly worldwide.
Typically live 3 years in the wild. In captivity they can live up to 15.
Said to sleep for an average of about 15 hours a day.
Only found in North America and Siberia.