The marsh harrier is the largest of the harrier family and is distinguishable by its long tail and wings that are held in a shallow 'V' shape during its light flight.
It is recognisable from other harriers due to its much larger size, broader wings and lack of white on the rump. The female marsh harrier is larger than the male and has a cream coloured head.
Historical declines and subsequent recovery are the reason the marsh harrier is listed on the Amber List, but its future in the UK is probably the best its ever been during the last century.
Their diets consist of small mammals and birds.
One of the world’s largest birds of prey, it is also known as Steller’s Fish Eagle, the White Shouldered Eagle and a Pacific Sea Eagle. The bird is monotypic meaning there are no subspecies.
Europe’s smallest eagle, the booted eagle, otherwise known as the Booted Hawk Eagle, prefers the warmer climes of southern Europe and south central Asia and whilst not threatened globally, its population within Europe is showing signs of decline.
A member of the sub-family of booted eagles due to its feather covered legs and named after the famous Italian ornithologist Franco Andrea Bonelli, the species is considered endangered across Europe but secure elsewhere within its range.
European Honey Buzzard
The European Honey-Buzzard, which is monotypic, is classified as a bird of prey and is one of six species of Honey-Buzzards from the family Accipitridae, which also includes Kites, Vultures, Harriers, Hawks and Eagles.