A hawk owl will usually save the kill, stuffing it into a protected area like a thorny bush, or an old tree cavity created by woodpeckers. The meal will stay cold and probably frozen for a later date when the bird is hungry and hunting is not going so well.
We watched the owl find this old cache and move it to a new storage location, about 60 yards from the original stash. It almost looks like he is try to make positive sure the dove is quite dead!
Love real nature.
Moderate crop at 8,000 iso, and a very easy edit. Unfortunate with the birds beak cutting across the eye of the bird, but still happy to enjoy the experience.
Northern Hawk Owl with a Mourning dove
Sony Alpha α9 ,Sony 100-400GM
1/800s f/5.6 at 385.0mm iso8000