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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

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Originally Posted by art frames View Post

Female Sparrowhawk
by Peter Willmott, on Flickr

When I look at this picture of our local sparrowhawk that was plucking a collared dove, I imagine that the action of cloaking the prey is a guilty reaction to being seen and having her picture taken... "move along, move along, nothing to be seen here... keep moving now everybody... nothing happening here".

I think you have to have watched Johnny Morris as a teenager...
It's called mantling, the theory is it's to hide the prey from other species that might try to take it.
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