JungleDragon is a nature and wildlife community for photographers, travellers and anyone who loves nature. We're genuine, free, ad-free and beautiful.

Join

Built for the kill? Photo was taken on June 17, 2012 and description is relevant as per that day:<br />
I spent a lot of time deciding to upload this pic or not.<br />
IQ wise, this is not good, but otherwise it looks a bit brutal too!<br />
<br />
I understand this is a perfectly natural commotion but I was not totally prepared to see this.<br />
<br />
Last week, after a rather dull morning, I was heading back home on my bike.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
I flew back with the lizard struggling hopelessly.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
The lighting was too awkward.<br />
<br />
While looking via the view finder, I could see the last struggle of the lizard.<br />
It was a hopeless struggle, it was well within the grips and there was no way to escape.<br />
<br />
I felt sad but that&#039;s how is Nature !<br />
 Accipiter badius,Geotagged,India,Indian,Shikra,bird,birds of prey,eating,kill,lizard,male,nature,prey,vertical,wild,wildlife Click/tap to enlarge

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 !

    comments (3)

  1. It is sad and it is nature and you were lucky in a way to be able to witness this, let alone capture it on camera. A case of poor lizard and lucky bird for catching a decent sized meal. Posted 8 years ago
  2. Things like these are hard to watch, but don't hesitate to share it here. We should not glorify natural violence but we should not hide it either. Posted 8 years ago
  3. Thank you.
    This particular photo I choose cause the eyes of the bird look less scary. In a few which I clicked, the bird looks more cruel. Again this is just my view. That bird is just feeding itself. He could even take the rest to his babies and their survival depends on that lizard.
    Posted 8 years ago

Sign in or Join in order to comment.

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.

Similar species: Diurnal Birds Of Prey
Species identified by Mayur Kotlikar
View Mayur Kotlikar's profile

By Mayur Kotlikar

All rights reserved
Uploaded Apr 20, 2014. Captured in 786, Subhash Road, Ganeshpeth Colony, Nagpur, Maharashtra 440018, India.