Back, With A Kill

If you don’t want to see a sparrow being shredded, please close out now.  The juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) was back again, with a kill this time. Definitely a male, as it preyed on a small bird, looked to be a sparrow. (The females are considerably larger and prey on larger birds.) 1300 x 863, click for full size.

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7 thoughts on “Back, With A Kill

  1. Thank you so much! The sunny!cloudy!sunny!cloudy! business didn’t help, and this was at the limit of my lens, too. I feel pretty lucky to have gotten them.

  2. He was in a very protected area, but still more than a bit put out by me hanging out the window and the shutter noise. It was interesting to watch, because he’s a bit inept yet, pulling a fair amount of meat out with the feathers, and losing it. I expect he’ll get better with practice.

  3. Very nice!

    That third pic—I see a caption: “What?!? Ain’tcha never seen a bird EAT before???”

  4. Thanks! Oh, that was when he became aware of me. He got rather flustered, afraid I might have some interest in his eats. It’s a tad creepy, having a raptor glare at you.

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