I’m sorry to have forgotten who sent this clip to me, but the three-minute excerpt from the BBC’s “Life in the Air” series is enthralling. It’s a Eurasian sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), with some of the most amazing video I’ve seen of bird flight. I have no idea how they filmed it, but suspect the bird was trained. I loved how the bird flew through the gate without missing a beat. (Note that this species is not the same as the American “sparrowhawk”, Falco sparverius, now known as the American kestrel.)
And the kill, from Wikipedia:
Small birds are killed on impact or when squeezed by the Eurasian sparrowhawk’s foot, especially the two long claws. Victims which struggle are “kneaded” by the hawk, using its talons to squeeze and stab. When dealing with large prey species which peck and flap, the hawk’s long legs help. It stands on top of its prey to pluck and pull it apart. The feathers are plucked and usually the breast muscles are eaten first. The bones are left, but can be broken using the notch in the bill.