what do I see 10 feet in front of me?? A red tail hawk sitting in the field with the poor bunny in his talons. It looks me over and lifts off flapping his wings (5 feet, tip to tip) and takes away Allison's rabbit for his lunch.
I didn't see him at all until his was on the ground. He (or she) flies and circles over head when we mow and watches for the mower to disturb the rabbits, mice and whatever we kick out of the grass and then swoops down for the kill. Pretty smart guy. Last fall, I was mowing and right in front of me hops out a rabbit and I am watching him and I see this flash of movement and there comes this hawk in a power dive. I am watching close and I see him tuck his wings tight against his body and lay out flat and body slams this rabbit. This is 15 feet right in front of me. Wham! he hits the rabbit with his body, stuns it and then he hopps up and grabs it with his talons and flies off. Very impressive! I always thought they come in fast with their talons out streached, like in the pictures, and kill their prey. Well this airport Red Tail body slams his dinner.
And so the food chain goes on and on. The big ones eat the little ones. The raptors do keep the mice and rabbit population down. We have a den of foxes inside our airport wildlife fence that we see on ocasion. I always like to see them hiding in the sage or running across the taxiways.
So there you are..... Allison, I will watch out for another bunny to show you.