Sunday, December 26, 2010
Red Tailed Hawk Eats Squirrel
The hawk immediately was mantling over the squirrel/prey. Mantling is the behavoir birds of prey display immediately after catching prey--spreading their wings and tail to hide it from other competing predators.
It works pretty good--can you see the squirrel?
You can see that the tail is not red in this juvinile Red Tail. That will take another year, as Amber Burnette mentions in her pictures of this bird on her blog site Avian Images. She thinks it is probably a male because of its small size.
Notice how ragged its feathers look. Maybe that is why it has been looking for food at our feeders.