In the latest release of the Audubon Society's bird-nerd photos, we're given a glimpse into the predatory realm of our flying, feathery friends and let's just say we have never been more happy to be at the top of the food chain.
The photos were released as part of the nonprofit conservation organization's annual photography competition, and even though these images didn't necessarily take home the grand prize, they remind us just how eclectic and unique the avian world truly is. As Audubon notes, birds need to eat a lot in order to survive – we can only imagine how tiring flying around can be. For many species, that means fueling up requires eating as much as one-third of their body weight every day. Dainty little hummingbirds might eat up to 100 percent of their body weight in nectar alone, while the medium-sized Cooper's Hawk eats around 12 percent of its weight each day. For a human weighing around 68 kilograms (150 pounds), that's the equivalent to 8 kilograms (18 pounds) of grub, about 48 cheeseburgers.
Not to mention, the diet of our avian amigos is quite the nature-inspired buffet. In 2018, photographers from around the world captured birds eating everything from fish to frogs and lizards to starfish – even other birds (oops).
So, grab your lunch and take a few minutes to yourself to admire the wonderful world of predatory birds. Though you may lose your appetite and there may be terrible puns (you are warned), we promise it'll be worth it.
I regret nothing...
It's tough being an owl by oneself. We're sure that's why this northern pygmy owl below was captured toting around their little rodent friend, right?
Speaking of little buddies, this majestic peregrine falcon was also spotted palling around with its buddy, the common grackle. Hawkward...
No (r)egrets about this move.
At least wait for your tern! Clearly, nobody taught these two table manners.
Most animal puns quack us up, but this one is just morbid.
Are you puffin' kidding me, bro?
Hey, I'm walking here.
And don't forget that the 2019 Audubon Photography Awards are currently open for submissions! You can submit your best bird photos here.