Meet the peregrine falcon…
…the buzzard…
…and the kestrel.

They’re three of the world’s most brilliant birds of prey - and they can all be found in the wild in the UK.
There’s little chance that you’d be able to get very close up to any of these birds in the wild.

But if you’re very lucky you might see one flying by, looking for food.
The trouble is, when you see a bird of prey in the sky, all you see is a silhouette, like this.
And they all look the same – because it’s impossible to tell what colour they are, or how big they are.
So in the wild, the best way to be able to tell whether you’ve seen a kestrel, a buzzard or a pergerine falcon, is to be able to recognise those silhouettes.
Check out these three silhouettes – A, B and C.

Each one belongs to one of the birds of prey mentioned above.
The buzzard has quite wide wings, which flap slowly.
Buzzards also have a fantastic jagged line of feathers on the end.

They’re finger-like, are really distinctive and will help you to spot a buzzard from a long way away.
The other thing to look at is the buzzard’s tail.

Like the wings it is quite wide and also quite rounded.
So the buzzard is easily spotted as silhouette C!
But which one belongs to the kestrel?

Well, the kestrel’s wings are very pointy…
…and the tail is long and gets wider towards the end.
The kestrel is silhouette A, but don’t worry if you thought B because they are very similar.
But the kestrel is well known for doing something that the peregrine falcon does not – hovering!

Kestrels are the only birds of prey that can hover above the same spot on the ground for a long amount of time.
You can sometimes see this happening above motorways and hedgerows.

They’ll flap their wings to and fro as the look for food.
Kestrels are the most common bird of prey in the UK!

The peregrine falcon is very rare – in fact there are only 4,000 of them in the country.

They have streamlined bodies and can reach incredible flying speeds of up to 180mph!
It may be difficult to see peregrine falcons in the wild but there’s a great link to a website all about them here.

And you might want to print out our Sky Spy recorder, so that you can keep tabs on what you’ve seen and where. Let us know by e-mail if you spot anything interesting.