By Kirstie Sutheran
A hawk has been caught on camera gorging on a pigeon in Lower Manhattan.
The unfortunate pigeon frantically flaps and tried to escape, but is no match for the fiecre bird of prey.
There are upwards of fifteen pairs of the birds in Manhattan and they help to keep the pests down in the city – feasting mostly on rats and mice.
This footage was captured by Jose Olivar, a videographer and photographer, as he headed back from the supermarket.
The 55 year old said: “In the video the hawk had just landed with its catch and was in the process of devouring it’s meal.
“I felt honored in watching nature unfolding before me in such a spectacular manner.
“I have seen them before they frequent a park by my home, but have not seen them for a year or so.
“These birds are known as redtail hawks and were recently decimated around the N.Y. area. I believe they were eating poisoned rodents which in turn killed quite a few of them.
“I have received mixed emotions for having shot this footage, but in general most people are in awe.”