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Nature's Adaptation

Richard Crowe

TalkEmount Top Veteran
Sep 14, 2018
Nature has adapted raptors very well to their lifestyle of hunting game and other birds.

The hawk family can have talons with gripping strength of over 250 pounds per square inch while the peregrine falcon which can achieve over 320 mph in a dive has nostrils which allow it to breath while diving at those fast speeds...

Many hawks and other raptors have eyes hooded by brows which shade the eyes from the sun...

ILCE-6600    E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS    350mm    f/6.3    1/3200s    ISO 320

As seen in the above image, this hawk's eyes are shaded. When a bird is chased by a raptor, instinct tells it to fly directly at the sun. This could. on a bright day, blind the raptor momentarily and may allow the bid to escape! However, the hawk's hooded eyes help it keep the prey in view when flying into the sun.

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