Saturday, July 18, 2009

Peregrine Falcon Food Transfer

Peregrine Falcons Food Transfer
Originally uploaded by Sharpeyesonline

Wild tiercel (male) Peregrine Falcon (Falcon peregrinus anatum) transfers a prey bird from his beak to the waiting talons of his Falcon (female) mate. Successful food transfers occur very, very fast. They take 1 second to complete. While the Falcon is in her cliffside eyrie (nest) on eggs or with her eyeases (young), the Tiercel goes out and captures a prey bird on the wing. When he returns to the eyrie air space he calls out to the Falcon, who launches out of her eyrie and flies out positioning herself underneath the Tiercel. She inverts herself with talons pointed up to take the prey bird from the Tiercels beak.

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