Built for the kill?
Photo was taken on June 17, 2012 and description is relevant as per that day:
I spent a lot of time deciding to upload this pic or not.
IQ wise, this is not good, but otherwise it looks a bit brutal too!
I understand this is a perfectly natural commotion but I was not totally prepared to see this.
Last week, after a rather dull morning, I was heading back home on my bike.
I saw this Shikra (I hope I got the Id right), fly very close to ground (7-8 feet), left to right very close to me and picked up this lizard.
I flew back with the lizard struggling hopelessly.
I followed the bird and all though it was high on the tree, I could manage to stand below and take a series of shots (30+). This is a highly cropped image and made brighter with Photoshop.
The lighting was too awkward.
While looking via the view finder, I could see the last struggle of the lizard.
It was a hopeless struggle, it was well within the grips and there was no way to escape.
I felt sad but that's how is Nature !
The Shikra is a small bird of prey in the family Accipitridae found widely distributed in Asia and Africa where it is also called the Little Banded Goshawk. The African forms may represent a separate species but have usually been considered as subspecies of the Shikra. The Shikra is very similar in appearance to other sparrowhawk species including the Chinese Goshawk and Eurasian Sparrowhawk.