**BE WARNED… this one is going to get gruesome y’all.
Raptors look as raptors do because raptors do what raptors do. They kill things daily. They look fierce because that brow ridge protects their precious eyes during all manner of prey related entanglements. That down-curved bill tapering to a point makes short work of anything that resembles flesh.
“they look so regal…” “they look so dignified and proud…” “they look so cool”
A young Cooper’s Hawk with a pre-plucked and prepared meal from its parents.
At Sutro Heights, a 13 year old male Redtail finds yet another meal.
Red-shouldered Hawks at the Palace of Fine Arts got accustomed to catching pigeons for a living.
A Red-shouldered Hawk with a Pigeon at the Palace of Fine Arts.
Caught by the leg and the wing, a Pigeon goes for a ride courtesy a Red-shouldered Hawk. The mobbing Crow caused the hawk to drop its prey and the Pigeon swam to shore and survived.
A Red-shouldered Hawk goes fishing! The first photographic documentation of this behaviour.
An Osprey takes flight at Bolinas Lagoon.
Firmly grasping a gopher, this young Red-tailed Hawk departs with its prize. (click the image to see this one bigger)
This Great Blue Heron looks nonchalant as it swings a gopher into position to swallow it head first.
A Great Blue Heron dips a large gopher into the water to help it go down a bit easier.
A Red-tailed Hawk delivers food to its nest in San Francisco.
Dinner for a large Redtail in Alta Plaza Park in San Francisco.
A Great Egret subdues a Three-spined Stickleback at the edge of Lloyd Lake in Golden Gate Park.
An Acorn Woodpecker hawking insects above the valley floor in Yosemite.
A female Red-tailed Hawk soars off with an early evening meal at Sutro Baths in San Francisco. This is the first in a daily series of predation related photos interspersed with other blog posts.