When it comes to being astute and stealth hunters, hawks are at the top of their game. It’s claws are so powerful that this is the animal’s favourite mechanism they use to kill its prey as opposed to its mouth like other birds.
For the most part, hawks will feed off of rodents, lizards, and fish. Although, sometimes it challenges itself to go for a bigger prey or one that won’t go down without a fight. YouTube user, Douglas Wong, recently posted a video of an encounter with a hawk that was too close for comfort.
The 22-year-old and his family were enjoying a picnic by the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia, when they spotted the hawk flying nearby. The predator was holding on to something that seemed like a long stick but it wasn’t until the bird flew right over them that those attending the gathering had the biggest scare of their lives.
Some believe the bird dropped the snake because it had been bitten by it.