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

NIKON D700 @ 550mm, ISO 720, 1/1000, f/7.1

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

NIKON D700 @ 550mm, ISO 500, 1/1000, f/7.1

Hawk eating a mouse #2

NIKON D700 @ 550mm, ISO 560, 1/1000, f/7.1

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


  1. 1) Jayron
    October 20, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    bittada yutvordiya, qoyil :)

  2. 2) WebMonster
    October 23, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    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 ;)

    • October 26, 2009 at 11:05 am

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

  3. 3) DRA
    November 23, 2009 at 9:57 am

    this is really great shot!

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