I almost tripped over this young galapgos hawk while on a trip to the islands. I spent the next 20 minutes sitting quietly within 2 meters while it surveyed it’s surroundings.

This hawk lives mainly on insects such as locusts and giant centipedes, as well as small lava lizards, snakes and rodents. It is not uncommon for it to take young marine and land iguanas, and sea turtle and tortoise hatchlings.

Other birds of the island fear it. Although it is not able to catch healthy adults, it has been known to pick off weak or sick adults and young. It is the only predator on the entire chain of islands. Fearless of man, the young especially being quite curious, they often wander around human camps and scavenge for scraps of food. In 1845, Charles Darwin wrote:

“A gun is here almost superfluous; for with the muzzle I pushed a hawk out of the branch of a tree..”

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115 viewings at 10th January 2011

Winner of the Birds of Prey " Water Play " Challenge

Featured in the Birds June 2010

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  • 4artisticdesign
    4artisticdesignover 4 years ago

    stunning view ,wonderful information

  • thank you

    – Sue Earnshaw

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardover 4 years ago

    Wow, totally awesome shot, great detail!

  • thank you for your comment

    – Sue Earnshaw

  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickover 4 years ago

    An incredible capture! Well done!

  • thank you Kimberly

    – Sue Earnshaw

  • Ginger  Barritt
    Ginger Barrittover 4 years ago

    Love the timing on this….

  • thank you GInger

    – Sue Earnshaw

  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickover 4 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS! You are the winner in the Water Play! Challenge!

  • wow… thank you so much..!

    – Sue Earnshaw

  • Kymie
    Kymieover 4 years ago

    Brilliant capture, love this

  • thank you Kymie

    – Sue Earnshaw

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 4 years ago

    June 26, 2010

  • fantastic – thank you so much for the feature

    – Sue Earnshaw

  • Michael Cummings
    Michael Cummingsover 4 years ago

    Great looking Hawk, well done :-)

  • thanks Michael

    – Sue Earnshaw

  • Nancy Richard
    Nancy Richardover 4 years ago

    Excellent detail and explanation! This is a once in a lifetime shot.

  • thanks Nancy – absolutely one of those moments when everything was right.

    – Sue Earnshaw

  • Bobjarrett
    Bobjarrettover 4 years ago

    Amazing image Sue!

  • thank you for your comment

    – Sue Earnshaw

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