|Swainson's Hawk with kill on fencepost © SB|
Until I passed that post.
And then again, the hawk rose.
When I slowed to take a picture of this hawk at the fourth (and for me, final) post, I saw why it might have been flying such short distances with each lurch into the sky.
The heavy weight of dinner. A fresh kill. Something once furred, now degloved, lay beneath its claws.
And yes, I'm pretty sure this is a Swainson's Hawk...
But as for the prey, it looks like a lot of meat for a gopher... Who knows?
What is this? A Swainson's Hawk. With prey.
Location: South of Chaplin, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo date: June 29, 2012.