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Birds of Kentucky: Broad Shouldered Hawk with light lunch

2012-11-18 - Town Creek, Columbia, KY - Photo by Pen. A Broad-Shouldered Hawk enjoys a light Sunday dinner of fresh garter snake in the gnarly catalpa tree which served just fine as a dining room. Pen spotted the bird from the house and took several opportunity shots through a sliding glass window with a point and shoot. If one cares to enlarge for a closer look, the raptor is holding the slightly coiled prey with its talons. The hawk seems a less finicky eater than crows, who tend to surgically remove one delicacy, the snake's liver, and squander the rest of a perfectly good - for a hawk - meal. Hawks find plenty of good eating in garter snakes, which are plentiful along the creeks and caves of Columbia. See related photo: Birds of Kentucky: Broad Shouldered Hawk, hiding
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