July 16, 2019
AMAZING Dive And Glide By Red-tailed Hawk Fledgling
The Red-tailed Hawk fledglings have certainly been working on honing their flying skills! Watch I3 confidently dive off of the nest platform. While rocketing towards the ground, the bird opens its wings and glides effortlessly out of frame. Raptors will often use a diving technique called "stooping" when hunting for prey. After spotting a small bird or mammal, the raptor will dive nearly straight down, pulling in its wings to increase speed. This rapid descent allows the raptor to surprise its prey and increases the force of the blow when the raptor hits the animal.