This was the first time I’ve seen an eagle kill anything. I was working at the picnic site, as usual, when I heard a noise coming from nearby. I started looking around and suddenly spotted a Sparrowhawk strangling a Jacobin Cuckoo.
When I watched the sighting play itself out, I felt sad about what was happening! The Sparrowhawk was biting the Jacobin Cuckoo and trying to kill it, all while the cuckoo was fighting for its life and trying to escape. At the end, after fighting extremely long and hard, the cuckoo managed to get away. That was in some ways a great relief. ”
Sparrowhawks rely on the element of surprise and, as such, will often follow a regular route to get close to potential prey.
1:38 I like how the bird tries to escape with all its might and the hawk still spends more time looking for predators, like there’s no way the bird will ever escape its grasp Honestly, I don’t feel bad for the cuckoo. The only reason it’s alive is because it killed somebody else’s baby.