Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Wildlife Photos: A Hunter of Hunters?

Took these snapshots in my backyard yesterday - this bird was watching me like a hawk!

Recently a paper was published in The Southwestern Naturalist discussing red-tails, such as this one, hunting down and feeding on American kestrels and barn owls!

I wonder what could be motivating these guys to take on such high risk prey items?

Bahm, M., & Sullivan, B. (2009). Interspecific Depredation of Raptors by Red-Tailed Hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) on San Clemente Island, California The Southwestern Naturalist, 54 (1), 85-87 DOI: 10.1894/MH-27.1

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