Hawk chases a rabbit into homeowner's DRAINPIPE and then kills it

Hawk chases a rabbit into homeowner’s DRAINPIPE and then kills it after 15-minute driveway stand-off

  • Photographer Mark Koster captured an unusual moment on camera in Arizona
  • Pictures, taken on December 12, show a hawk trapping a rabbit in a drainpipe
  • Unluckily for the rabbit, the patient hawk managed to drag it out of the pipe 

This is the extraordinary moment that a hungry hawk chased a rabbit into a homeowner’s drainpipe and pulled it out with its talons after a tense stand-off. 

Photographer Mark Koster was on hand to capture the moment the hungry hawk cornered its prey in a drainpipe in Scottsdale, Arizona, on December 12. 

Pictures show the Harris’s hawk staring into the drainpipe where the trapped rabbit was hiding, before skilfully poking its head and talons inside the hole.

Photographer Mark Koster saw a hawk corner a rabbit in a drainpipe, in Scottsdale, Arizona, on December 12

Pictures show the Harris’s hawk staring into the drainpipe in a bid to locate the rabbit, before skilfully poking its head and talons into the hole

Unluckily for the rabbit, the patient hawk refused to let it out of its sights and persevered for almost 15 minutes in the tense stand-off. 

With the rabbit unable to escape, the hawk was finally able to reach its talons far enough into the drainpipe to drag the defenceless bunny out.

After the hawk killed its prey, photographs showed the bird standing over its prey, before flying away with the rabbit grasped in its talons.

Mr Koster, from Scottsdale, said: ‘I didn’t see the Harris’s hawk chase the rabbit in the pipe, but pretty sure it did.  

Unluckily for the rabbit, the patient hawk persevered for more than 10 minutes and was finally able to reach its talons far enough into the drainpipe to drag the defenceless bunny out


Other extraordinary photographs showed the hawk standing over its prey after managing to grab the rabbit out of its hiding place

The Harris’s hawk flew away with the rabbit clutched in its talons, with Mr Koster suggesting that it was ‘flying off with breakfast for the family’

‘It took about 12 minutes from stalking, grabbing and flying off with breakfast for the family. It was an awesome display. 

‘I follow many different raptor families and I’ve been following this family of hawks closely since 2016.

‘Harris’s hawks are called the ‘Wolves in the Sky’ because they are the only raptors that live and hunt in ‘packs’ like wolves.

‘Two other family members were waiting on a street lamppost very close by as well.

‘Hawks gotta eat too.’

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