Telling a Story with Photos: Roadside Lunch


The Roadside Hawk, Buteo magnirostris, as the name suggests, is a pretty common raptor along the roads of Central and South America. We were parked in the shade of a big tree in Costa Rica, enjoying a brown bag lunch, when a Roadie flew in to join us. He’d brought his own lunch.

Roadside Hawk with a small lizard

Roadside Hawk with a small lizard

The photo is a little soft; it was pretty dark under the leaves. Like every raptor WC has watched eat prey, he lunched on the head first. That way the bugger isn’t going to run off, WC supposes.

A quick decpaitation

A quick decpaitation

Then a quick swallow of the rest of lunch before something bigger and meaner sees what’s going on.

No chewing required

No chewing required

The Roadie swallowed the rest with a quick head toss, hopelessly blurred at the slow shutter speed WC was forced to use. But the Roadie was pleased to hang around afterwards, showing off his full crop and enjoying the shade.

Post-prandial posing

Post-prandial posing

Sometimes birding is just too cool.

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