The Spotted Harrier “food pass”

Food PassA short clip showing the male Spotted Harrier performing a food exchange with the female, in a maneuver we often refer to as the food pass.

In this video (please click the Video Footage link above), I have slowed the action down five times to help show the action as it unfolds. At normal speed, the food pass seems to take place in the “blink of an eye”.

The food pass is typically a scene which occurs during the breeding season, where the male will bring prey to the nest whilst the female is either incubating the eggs or watching over the chicks from a nearby vantage point.

Once the chicks are well developed, the female will join with the male in providing prey.

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