This desert showdown pits brains against brawn. Using its wings as a distraction, can a hawk bring down a venomous rattler?
In the unforgiving void of the Arizona desert, instinct and precision mark the difference between life and death.
In this harsh dry landscape, temperatures can reach 120 degrees...in the shade.
It's high noon, and one of these two gunslingers is going to be pushing up daisies.
Battles here take place out in the open, and survival is never assured.
When this red tail hawk faces off with a rattlesnake, it starts with a deadly dance.
With the supple grace of a matador, the hawk draws the snake's fire towards his wing feathers, where a bite would be harmless.
The snake positions himself for a strike.
The hawk targets the snake's head.
The hawk draws first. Bullseye.
The hawk shows no fear...and no mercy.