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18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Red-tailed hawk eviscerating a rabbit

Rabbits scurried in and out of the bushes that sprout along Sunset Beach, NC. Right in front of our vacation rental a Red Tailed hawk captured a young rabbit and began to feed. My family was chatting on the deck and screamed, “Jean! Grab you camera.” Armed with my telephoto, I snapped a hundred shots. I am submitting this one because I never knew or had seen a hawk eviscerating pray in one gesture. It removed the rabbits guts with split second precision and tossed them away.

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Date Taken: 06.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Sunset Beach, North Carolina, United States of America
Copyright: © Jean Marie Dillon