Making the kill can sometimes be physically extracting for birds of prey and they might not be able to defend it immediately after the kill which makes them to try and hide it as quickly as possible to avoid mobbing and also drawing the attention of other predators.This shikra was visibly panting after bringing down the barbet and it immediately took the prey into a well covered area. .. also the reason why I didn’t wait for it to start feeding as human presence can in turn draw the attention of other creatures…I hope it enjoyed its meal.
500D, 55-250, 250mm, AE , F7.1, ISO 400, SS 1/250 -0.7EC. Shot at Arrikulam my native village in North kerala near Calicut. Cropped image –I have cropped it quite close as there is a lot of clutter around the bird.