How a Falcon Hunts
A lot of animals hunt by stalking their prey but the falcon a distant relative of the hawk hunts with another clever tactic that works better for this species. It dives on it’s prey to catch them off guard. The falcon generally eats small birds but will sometimes eat rats or mice.
First the falcon flies up at a point high enough to scan the area and turns around in midair so its prey seems motion less behind it, this is called a fix. A fix allows the falcon to predict what its prey will do next. The falcon opens it claws and flexes them when it has seen its prey. Then the falcon will dive at its prey and grab or stun the small bird with its claws and beak.
Next the bird hovers about 12-15 metres off the ground and like its enemy the cat, will unusually bite the bird around the neck to kill it. The bird will now be ready to be eaten which the falcon will gladly do.
Finally the falcon will go back to its nest or perch to gorge itself on the dead bird or feed its chicks by chewing it, swallowing it, and vomiting it into the chicks mouth, this process is called regurgitation.
I think falcons are an interesting species of bird and how they hunt is very clever even though 90% of the time its prey escapes it.