A man has been arrested and charged in connection with the death of a sparrowhawk in the Highlands.
Officers were called to land south of Inverness on Thursday, September 16, following a report of a bird of prey having been killed.
Police said the 22-year-old suspect has been charged with wildlife crime offences following an investigation and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.
Detective chief superintendent Laura McLuckie said: “We are committed to tackling wildlife crime in the Highlands and work closely with a range of partners to ensure all incidents are thoroughly investigated.
“We know this is an issue which concerns many people in communities across the region and I would encourage anyone who has concerns about wildlife crime in their area to call Police Scotland on 101.”