Hawk eating a mouse

While driving with my kids to a local park for birding, I saw this hawk flying around very low. I was slowly making a turn and continued watching the bird to see what happens next. All of a sudden, the hawk dove into the ground and I knew he was going to have a catch. Then he flew up and I clearly saw some sort of a rodent in his claws. I quickly grabbed my camera and drove towards a pole where he sat to first kill the rodent, then to consume it.

Click “read more” only if you are OK with seeing some gruesome details of a hawk consuming a mouse. Although there is no blood in the animation, some people might feel sick watching this, so I’m just warning you :)

Hawk with a mouse

Hawk with a mouse

These two pics are some of the last of the set, after the hawk ate the head and started shoving the rest of the mouse’s body into his mouth.

Hawk eating a mouse #1

Hawk eating a mouse #1

Hawk eating a mouse #2

Hawk eating a mouse #2

And here is an quick animation that I put together in Photoshop. The animation runs every 5 seconds, so just wait if you want to see it again.

Hawk eating a mouse animation

Hawk eating a mouse animation

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is a professional photographer based out of Denver, Colorado. He is the author and founder of Photography Life, along with a number of other online resources. Read more about Nasim here.


  1. 1
    ) Jayron

    bittada yutvordiya, qoyil :)

  2. 2
    ) WebMonster

    it was a good idea to put the animation here, really interesting capture!

    PS: Although it has been long since I last posted here a comment, I have been watching you guys silently ;)

    • Long time no see WebMonster! Good to have you back :)

  3. 4
    ) DRA

    this is really great shot!

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