About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
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This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Friday, March 21, 2014

Fly, then spread your wings

This is series of shots that I PhotoShopped together a few years ago - Lynn
Hawks are quick, efficient predators. They have sharp talons and strong hooked bills. While hunting, hawks may sit and watch from a perch or strike their prey in midair. When a hawk drops to attack, their talons clench automatically on impact for a quick kill. 

Hawks "mantle" prey after killing, crouching and spreading their wings to form a shield that hides it from other predators. The bird may eat on the ground or carry its kill to a feeding spot, often a fencepost or tree limb. 

You will see a large lump on the side of their neck when the prey is eaten and goes into the crop. The bird's crop is a large sac at the bottom of the esophagus where birds can stuff food in fast. Hours after eating, a hawk will regurgitate a small pellet of fur, feathers, and other indigestible material from the crop. 

Thank you Lynn for sharing your interesting photograph! If anyone would like to share a photograph of nature send it to bloubird@gmail.com and I'll put it on the Friday Photo posts.

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