Hungry Sharp-shinned Hawk


It is not everyday you get to observe a Sharp-shinned Hawk sit on it's most recent House Sparrow kill.

I observed this hawk for three plus hours. For the first one and half hours he just sat there on his kill. When he started to get hungry he went to work and started removing the feathers first. Once the Sparrow was clean of feathers, the hawk started eating his lunch. He pulled it apart a little at a time. It looked like he ate the stomach and interior organs first. He then finished the remainder of the Sparrow. Even eating the feet and the head. There was nothing left but feathers.

The photographs to the right are a small fraction of the more than 2000 photos I captured in the time I observed.