BBC Earth Productions is back with another mesmerizing bit of high-speed footage that captures hawks as they're swooping in to attack their prey. Seeing all of the bird's complex feather mechanics in action as it slows mid-air to snatch its target is utterly fascinating, and seeing it extend those terrifying claws will make you happy you're not a tiny rodent caught in its crosshairs. [YouTube via Laughing Squid]

Advertisement