Avian parents on the Falkland Islands need to stay on high alert. Caracaras are watching... and an unattended nest can easily become a seabird smorgasbord for these vicious predators.
Here, in the rocky outcroppings known as the Falkland Islandss, ea birds are laying eggs.
And caracaras have eagle eyes.
Now the talons double as hammers.
Good protein for a carnivore...but even more when the eggs hatch.
Rockhopper penguins have given birth.
This time, the talons deploy for a ground assault.
The talons grip the turf like a runner's cleats.
Allowing caracaras to sweep in and steal prey.
With its sure-footed talons, the caracaras can't be outrun here...or outfought.
Back at the nest, the caracara has its own young to feed.
The next generation of knife wielders.