A tiny pond on Long Island is now home to a pair of red-tailed hawks that are “fishing for their tiny blue fish,” a local fisherman says.
The tiny pond is located about 100 yards off the shore of Long Island’s Nassau County.
The hawks, which were spotted by the local Long Island News reporter on Tuesday, were seen fishing for bluefin tuna, a fish that typically weighs in at between 3 pounds and 7 pounds, according to the Nassau News.
The small pond is a popular destination for locals to catch the fish, said local fisherman Tom Scharf.
“They are usually caught in the water at the edge of the pond.
They are tiny and they are very small.
So, you know, we can’t really fish for them here,” Scharf told the Nassua News.
He said the hawks “took their tiny fish, which are a bit larger than a dime, and they were able to catch them and eat them.”
He added that the fish “are a nice little addition to the community.”
The hawk is the first recorded instance of hawks fishing for tuna.
According to NOAA, “fishers and trappers use bait that consists of either a fish or an invertebrate, or a combination of both.”
In addition to catching the fish in the small pond, the hawkers “were able to keep the fish alive,” according to NOAA.
The Long Island Times reports that the pair was captured by a fisherman who happened to be nearby.
The fish that were caught are listed as “red-tailed,” and are considered a rare species.
NOAA also reported that they were spotted at the “fish market” off Long Island.
Scharf added that he “never knew the hawk was such a common sight, and it is great to have it on our shores.”