A common sight above fields and sat on posts alongside roads, this is the most common bird of prey in the UK. Their diet consists of small mammals, lizards and snakes, which they spot while either perching on a post or soaring above fields where their distinctively shaped wings can b seen. In winter, they will often scour recently-ploughed fields for worms, often with several birds in the same field, such as all of these photos below. They are quite large with a wingspan of 110-135 cm and a length of 40-58 cm. As seen in these photos, the plumage is mainly brown, but is highly variable with occasional very dark and very pale birds seen.
1-4: Roundham, Somerset, 01/01/2013.