Not the easiest of subjects simply because they determine how close you can get, and their eyesight is much much better then yours. Nevertheless raptors will often fly over you, whereas owls if found in daylight rarely move. The problem then is getting a clear shot as they are usually well-hidden. Anyway, my limited success is shown here, arranged roughly by continent. Introduced July 2021 NO LINKS to further shots ACTIVE AT PRESENT

The easiest continent to see raptors, we have seen all of them, but three at least require local knowledge and sometimes an organised outback tour. Like many Australian birds some are nomadic, but others are irruptive as rodent plagues hit outback farms, still others are just plain rare. We haven't managed to photograph all of them, whereas owls have been an ongoing problem to even see. Many are "staked-out", but do have this habit of moving their roost sites regularly. Must try harder!

Whilst this covers a vast area with huge numbers of both raptors and owls, many occur over the whole area, some even in North America also. On the other hand many are island endemics. This selection just represents those we have been lucky with, since we haven't done much birding in large areas of Asia. Whereas several Australian raptors are endemic, this only really applies to island taxa in Eurasia, most in south-east Asia and the Pacific, very few photos anyway. Some Australian raptors occur in Papua and Indonesia. Christmas Island Goshawk is now thought to be a subspecies of Variable Goshawk, it is now included here, although IOC still have it as a Brown Goshawk. Both species are quite widespread.

Since many North American raptors are migratory I have treated the whole land-mass together. South America has a great variety of both raptors and owls, North American species tend to be easier to see since there are few forest species. Several genera are unique to the New World, whereas some taxa are found worldwide. North American owls tend to be easier to see than most, whereas South American diurnal raptors are usually in good numbers and frequently seen.

Large numbers of raptors are found in Africa, and most are widespread. Visits to most countries south of the Sahara will result in 30-40 species. Owls are quite well represented, but nothing like the numbers in south-east Asia, presumably because there are relatively few islands. The big exception is of course Madagascar, with several endemic taxa. Numbers are also swelled by migrants from the western palearctic wintering, most species illustrated here are primarily African.