British Wildlife Week - Rapturous Raptors
To start a highly exciting week about British wildlife, James McKay delighted the whole school when he brought in a variety of raptors.
We first met a rather scruffy little Kestrel who was just in the middle of moulting so was lacking a few of his beautiful tail feathers. Year 3 were delighted to see a Barn Owl appear after reading the book ‘The Owl that was Afraid of the Dark’ as part of their Literacy work. James told us that the Barn Owl flies so silently which is why it can easily catch its prey. Following that we were introduced to the fastest animal on earth, the Peregrine Falcon which can dive at speeds of up to 200 miles an hour!
The next guest saw the audience’s hearts melt as out popped a Little Owl. Despite its size, the Little Owl is able to keep its head completely still by growing taller and shorter when perched on a windy branch.
Mrs Elvin was able to identify the next bird which was native to Australia, a Tawny Frogmouth. This bird is aptly named because of its frog-like large mouth and can camouflage itself perfectly in the tops of silvery trees by taking on a rather uncomfortable looking pose!
During the talk we also met a rather cheeky Harris’ Hawk, with the highlight being an enormous Eagle Owl screeching as it flew over all of our heads!
Thank you to James for providing us with such interesting facts about these wonderful creatures. Everyone agreed it was a fantastic start to our British Wildlife Week.