Chicken for Lunch
I was on my way up to Chivay in the Peruvian highland region heading toward the world's deepest canyon, the Colca Canyon. I stopped at a snack shop by the roadside when I spotted some Red-Backed Hawks sitting on the roof. I took out my camera to take a photo of the hawks when I saw a local guy throwing chicken parts up on the roof to feed them. I was fortunate to capture the birds as they caught their meal in flight.
The Variable Hawk (Red-backed Hawk) is well-named, exhibiting perhaps the greatest variety of plumage patterns of any species of hawk. It occurs throughout the Andes and in the temperate regions of southern South America.
These Hawks occupy open habitats at all elevations, where they prey on mammals and other small animals spotted from the air. They build large stick nests on any elevated structure available, and sometimes breed cooperatively.