Friday, 1 October 2010

Shikra feeding on a Lizard

Shikra

I have posted earlier about the Shikra or the Little banded Goshawk. Shikra

A few days back as I was out walking, I chanced to see this bird feeding.

Shikra

It was almost dusk when the bird flew ahead of me and sat upon a branch, rather oblivious to my presence.

Shikra

It had in it’s talons, what appeared to be a lizard of some kind.

Shikra

The Shikra is a small raptor (26-30 Cm) and being small it feeds on smaller prey such as lizards, dragonflies, and smaller birds and mammals.

Shikra

The Shikra`s  hunting style is not unlike a Sparrow-hawk. They wait high up in their perch, and survey the scene below.

Shikra

When they spot a prey, they quickly swoop down upon it, relying greatly on speed and surprise, before capturing it and flying away with it.

Shikra

Once it returns to it’s perch, it starts to leisurely eat it’s prey. From what I could make of it, it doesn’t eat the whole lizard. 

Shikra

It de-skins the prey and then picks on the fleshy bits and eats only that. The skin, tail and limbs are generally discarded.

Shikra

As I stood around taking images in the dull light, the bird suddenly decided to shift it’s dinner elsewhere and flew away to another tree. I continued my walk.

Shikra