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View to a kill: Helmet-wearing hawk films its own hunting tactics
View to a kill: Helmet-wearing hawk films its own hunting tactics

This helmeted hawk may look ready for battle, but she's actually about to do some serious science. Researchers who strapped a camera to a goshawk's head have discovered that these birds of prey use a clever strategy to try to snag their fleet-footed meals. The findings, described in the Journal of Experimental Biology, could also shed light on why certain evasive tactics work better than others, and could help engineers looking to design future flying robots. Scientists have long studied how certain small animals maneuver to avoid becoming a hungry raptor’s next meal, but relatively little research had been done on how these raptors managed to hunt their prey down, said...

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