Galapagos hawk (Buteo galapagoensis) standing over its prey. This hawk has just killed a marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus). Galapagos hawks also eat insects, rats, carrion and certain birds, and will even take small goats. They hunt in small family groups of two or three birds, signalling each other when they spot prey. They have excellent eyesight and can hunt from 50-200 metres up. As the name suggests, they are found only in the Galapagos archipelago. They have little fear of man. Their numbers and range have been severely reduced by hunting and the impact of introduced species, although the population is now stable. Photographed in the Galapagos Islands.
September 20th, 2018
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