Common Buzzard

Plate 372 of Audubon's The Birds of America, the Common Buzzard, this one inviting a rabbit to lunch. It is a bit unusual for Audubon in that it’s one of only a handful of his works that shows ‘civilization’ in the background. This depiction isn’t as gruesome as his Golden Eagle painting, which shows pretty much the same scene, raptor and rabbit, but a few seconds later, complete with a talon through the bunny’s bloody eye socket.

Here’s a photograph of the Common Buzzard at EmuWren’s blog. This one is a little more gruesome, showing the bird eating a rabbit its killed, but it does show that Audubon was spot on with its diet.