The high casualty rate among smaller birds can be partly attributed to the depredations of their natural predators, the sparrow hawk and kestrel .
Children were thrilled to be able to stroke a beautiful barn owl, while an enormous eagle owl, a tawny owl, a kestrel and a turkey vulture called George looked on.
A kestrel hovers in one spot over a meadow, then moves on, only to hover again in a new location.
They are important hunting grounds for the kestrel and barn owl.
The most common bird of prey is the kestrel , which feeds chiefly on rodents such as mice and voles but will occasionally take small birds, beetles, small frogs, etc.
Look for the soaring rough-legged hawk and the hovering kestrel as each hunts for ground squirrels and other rodents.
Otters, badgers, kestrels , lapwing, buzzards and kingfishers are just a few of the animals and birds under threat along the Clanrye River between the Belfast and Tandragee Roads north of Newry.
Most observations relate to larks, pipits and finches but kestrels are capable of taking such quarry as fieldfares, turtle doves and lapwing.
The result is the area has become a wildlife sanctuary with otters returning, and residents including white egrets, herons, kestrels and dozens of wild flowers.
Falcons and kestrels can be found almost everywhere and capture the imagination wherever they soar.