A few days back as I was out walking, I chanced to see this bird feeding.
It was almost dusk when the bird flew ahead of me and sat upon a branch, rather oblivious to my presence.
It had in it’s talons, what appeared to be a lizard of some kind.
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.
The Shikra`s hunting style is not unlike a Sparrow-hawk. They wait high up in their perch, and survey the scene below.
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.
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.
It de-skins the prey and then picks on the fleshy bits and eats only that. The skin, tail and limbs are generally discarded.
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.