Raptors, like this Great-black Hawk, have excellent eyes and here is why.
To survive in the undisturbed rainforest, most of the animals rely on their camouflage skills. Especially the smaller ones. One of them is the Collared Tree Runner (Tropidurus plica). It is a tree dweller, relying on its camouflage and its moving skills (remaining motionless for the majority of the time). The Collared Tree Runner selects usually shadow rich trees hoping to get not caught by its predators.
But sometimes their camouflage is not enough to survive. Close to the pier I spotted a Great-black Hawk near a tree on the ground. When I approached this predator it flew into the nearest palm tree. During its take off I noticed it caught something and wasn't thinking of letting it go. It was its lunch; a Collared Tree Runner.
With its sharp claws it kept on holding to its lunch during the flight. A closer look you can clearly see that the Great-black Hawk caught this Tree Runner by surprise. It took some grass and small plants too during the catch.
The Great-black Hawk was in a rush and decided to leave the area for a quiet place to enjoy its lunch.
That is how it goes with nature; survival of the fittest. Even though I am still surprised and am wondering how the Great Black Hawk saw the Collared Tree Runner.
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