Raptors have always fascinated me for a number of reasons.   They are graceful in flight, soaring on high yet able to see a small rodent in a field.  They are powerful – eagles and osprey have impressive wingspans and muscular bodies that allow them to plunge into the water and lift off with enormous fish in their talons.  They are fierce.  There is something mesmerizing about the laser focused glare when an eagle, hawk or osprey is staring at you.  Their eyes pierce your and captivate you.