Pictures of the day

Photographer Steve Shinn captured fast food handovers by two white-tailed kites in rural Orange County, California. The male will hunt for rodents, usually mice or voles, and the female will fly up to snatch the prize from his claws. Steve says: The male goes hunting and returns with loud chirps to alert the waiting female. She flies up to meet him and takes the prize from his talons. She then goes to a nearby branch to rip into it. Occasionally the male will return to eat one himself, but sometimes the female will fly over and take it from him by force and eat it while sitting next to him.

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