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Birds of prey

Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels


Birds of prey, also known as raptors, hunt and feed on other animals.  These birds are characterized by keen vision that allows them to detect prey during flight and powerful talons and hooked beaks.  Eagles, hawks, falcons and owls are some examples of raptors.  These animals are characteristically apex predators at the top of the food chain.
  • This program is only offered in Terms 1 & 2 only.
  • Maximum number of students for this program is 50 per day.

Key Learning Question

What are the adaptations of birds of prey that enable them to survive in their environment?

Learning Intentions

In this activity students will:

  • Define the term raptor
  • Understand the specific features of raptors to enable identification  
  • Learn the adaptations of raptors that help them to survive 
  • Identify the habitat requirements of raptors
  • Understand the relationships that exist within a complex food web.


Students will participate in a 1 ½ hour ‘Meet the Beaks’ session followed by 3 x 45 minute workshops:

  • ‘Meet the Beaks’ session lead by Martin Scuffins from Leigh Valley Hawk and Owl Sanctuary.  
  • Workshop 1: Raptor identification and kite making.
  • Workshop 2:  Kahoot Quiz on physical features and adaptations.  
  • Workshop 3: Design a food web.

Learn Online

Ecolinc Learn Online is a virtual outreach learning management system (LMS) offering interactive online courses for students and teachers. These courses can be undertaken either as a pre-visit, post-visit or stand-alone.

Students are encouraged to do the pre-learning course on Ecolinc Learn Online called Spotlight on Survival prior to coming to Ecolinc.  In this course students apply information from a number of videos to solve a series of drag and drop and multiple choice quizzes. Students will also be able to apply their learning to an imagined scenario that alerts them to the potential long term issues of survival connected to global warming.

Victorian Curriculum

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074)
  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075)


Ecolinc offers the following outreach option: