“Look at the size of this hawk!” Watch as this man perfectly narrates the circle of life via a huge red-tailed hawk snatching up a “little bunny.”
Priceless. If Tony Manville isn’t a Bostonian, then Outsider owes you a Sam Adams. A fine seasonal, even. So who is Tony Manville, you ask? He’s the gent responsible for filming this fantastic urban wildlife encounter below.
Within, Manville narrates the entirety of the circle of life flawlessly. It all begins with his simple observation: “Look at the size of this hawk!”
She’s a big beaut’, indeed. Red-tailed hawks can be quite large for raptors, and whenever you see one that makes you say what Tony says in his clip – it’s a female. The sexual dimorphism in red-tailed hawks is egregious, and females can weigh vastly more than their male counterparts.
Such size makes for an excellent predator. Especially when the prey is as tiny as… A baby bunny. Oh, nature. So brutal.
“Tough day to be a rabbit,” captions barstooloutdoors on Instagram as they share Tony Manville’s footage. A few other winning captions pop up in the comments section, with gems like:
“Hare today, gone tomorrow,” via Michael Shapiro, and “Dude said bunny lol,” via Tucker Maxson.
But the true star here in Tony. His narration continues throughout to great effect. “It just swooped down and landed in that bush!” Manville describes within. “It’s got somethin’ trapped in there…”
After the hawk ambushes its prey, Tony shouts “Oh, he got it! He got it! What is that?” and we find ourselves rooting for the red-tail, as well. Even if the prize is, as Tony discovers, “a little bunny…”
Red-Tailed Hawks: Pro Hunters
Red-tailed hawks are a common sight across the U.S., and these large raptors can sport a 50-inch wingspan. They are not, however, the largest hawk species in North America. That distinction lies with the ferruginous hawk, but red-tails are not far behind as only the rough-legged hawk sits between them in size.
Red-tails are of a size that they consider a large array of birds and mammals as prey. In fact, they’ll go after just about any animal close to their size -bigger or smaller. Like many species of raptor, red-tails will also feed on other birds of prey if given the opportunity.
Typical prey, however, includes rabbits, squirrels, and a whole lot of songbirds. Sturdy musculature and a larger size means that red-tails will typically use their girth to kill such prey on impact after swooping down at a high speed. It’s all in that first strike if they can manage it. Either way, a deadly grip courtesy of huge black talons follows, which serves to hold struggling prey in place before they can be fed on with an equally sharp beak.
They are remarkable birds and one of this wildlife technician’s favorites as they are so prevalent here in Tennessee. So thanks again, Tony. Made this Outsider’s day.