Wildlife Drama! Hawk v. Snake

Red-tailed Hawk flying by Downtown

Red-tailed Hawk flying by Downtown


I was lucky to witness quite the urban wildlife drama unfolding in the northern field this morning. I happened to be driving along the metro edge of the park when I spotted a large Red-tailed hawk just standing in the field. I stopped to watch and soon noticed curious movement close to the ground. Snake! And not a small one – probably a good two, two and a half feet of slither that was attracting the hawk’s, and now my, attention. The hawk proceeded to slowly stalk after the snake, occasionally extending its wings as it slowly paced with the snake’s movements. After a few minutes, the hawk made its move, lunging to grab the snake. But the snake struck back and the hawk relented, flying up to perch just a few feet above on a short fence post. Of course, no camera on hand to capture the dramatic action scene. But my trusty co-worker rushed back in time to catch the hawk, still engaged in pretty serious hunting mode. Though the snake was nowhere to be found.
Red-Tailed Hawk ready for action.

Red-Tailed Hawk ready for action.

Red-Tailed Hawk cleared for take off.

Red-Tailed Hawk cleared for take off.

flying away.

flying away.

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One response to “Wildlife Drama! Hawk v. Snake

  1. Wow. That’s awesome!

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