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Red-Tailed Hawk Attack Snake? - Standoff Hawk Loses

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Uploaded on Jan 26, 2008

PREY HAS ISSUES: ATTACKS PREDATOR - It is difficult to photograph the exact moment when a predator attacks and even rarer to photograph the prey fighting back. This video shows a prey with issues. It didn't intend to become food for the big red-tailed hawk.

Normally a Red-Tailed Hawk is a top predator. It is a strong, powerful, swift bird, which descends upon its prey and then kills and eats it.

Here the prey turned the table on the hawk. Hawks normally have little trouble subduing rodents. This was something different and likely a snake (I had watched this hawk take rodents before, which it did easily:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=em49Da.... I think this was likely a snake because the hawk's behavior was different.)

The hawk is shown at first contentedly on an electric power line pole eating its kill. Then it sees more prey and goes after it.

However, the hawk not only failed to subdue it, but seemed mystified by it. The hawk eventually gave up and flew away.

**The red tailed hawk, Buteo jamaicensis, is a large powerful bird. It can weigh around 2-4 lbs. and has almost a six-foot wingspan. They have a sharp, strong, powerful beak and curved talons. They tear prey apart with their beaks.

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HAWKS VS. TURKEY VULTURES/BUZZARDS FIGHT OVER KILL
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urbIK0...
Wild Red Tailed Hawk fly scream dive & Kestrel Eagle Bobcat
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrCmHu...
HAWK BUZZARD STANDOFF-WILD RED-TAILED HAWK CONTENDS FOR PREY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjUzg0...
Crows attack Red-tailed Hawks
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUF06L...
RED-TAILED HAWK SWOOPS, ATTACK, CAPTURES, PREY, FLIES TALON
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=em49Da...
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnzfY0...
Red-Tailed Hawk attacks, tears prey, drops it, prey escapes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-3Ynx...
Snake Attacks Red-Tailed Hawk - Standoff Hawk loses
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPxy1h...
Wild hawk swoops down, makes kill, eats, flies away, perches
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1kuS0...
Red-Tailed Hawk Stands on Ice Eating Prey, Swan, Duck, Deer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiATZk...

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