Kathi and I had a great evening at the bat cave at Concan a few nights ago. The weather was perfect and the bats emerged early enough to catch lots of bat raptor interactions. We watched as Red-tailed Hawks, Swainson's Hawks, a single Cooper's Hawk and a single Merlin all made successful attempts to capture Mexican Free-tailed Bats emerging from the cave. I managed to capture two images which really give a feel for this dynamic interaction.
In this first image you can see the moment of impact when the red-tailed goes talons out to grab the bat.
This is my favourite image as it really captures the raptor, the fleeing bats nearby and the single bat that has been snagged!