This Galápagos hawk has a ferocious takedown strategy: sinking sharp talons into an iguana's head. But the fight is far from over.
With no enemies, the Galapagos hawks have their pick of animals to hunt.
A favorite meal is another Galapagos oddity.
The marine iguana.
The iguanas live most of their lives in and around the water.
On the rocky coast, they can dodge and take cover or make a dash for the ocean.
Big males stand their ground, too strong for even a hawk.
The real hunting opportunity comes when the iguanas leave the coast.
Once a year, females venture inland to dig burrows.
This is where they lay and bury their eggs.
And for hawks, it's a chance to gorge.
But the lizards are wary.
Their burrows double as hideouts.
Even when the hawk sinks its talons into this iguana, the fight isn't over.
The lizards are surprisingly powerful and can wriggle free from the hawk's grip.
Struggling to reach safety, one battles to reach the water.
But it's too late.