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NatGeo’s hawk vs. squirrel video

A beautifully photographed video of a red-tailed hawk chasing a squirrel. Unfortunately it appears to have been ripped directly from the National Geographic “Untamed Americas” series. A few opening scenes were changed, the NatGeo voiceover and logo were removed, and dramatic music was added. But it appears to me to be substantially the same video. The original NatGeo video and the story of how it was filmed appeared yesterday in the Washington Post. I encourage you to watch the original and enjoy the original narration and music.


  1. It is a great video. Would be curious to learn how he did the ‘nest’ sequence. 😕

    As for as a personal unpopular side note, I will probably be the only visitor you get who actually is pulling for the hawk during the video… 🙂

    • If you read the linked article, you know multiple squirrels and several hawks (one was trained) were involved. For the nest sequence, I’m guessing, the photographer had already located the nest and the squirrel’s route to it, and shot that. Then had the trained hawk attack the nest. Then went to a shot of the squirrel bailing from the bottom. I don’t know. Lots of possibilities when you read some of the behind-the-scenes information.

      Normally I root for the hawk. But the way this is shot … I rooted for the squirrel.

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