Cool Peregrine Action


Mike Girone reports:

Unplanned aerial prey transfer, female Peregrine Falcons, Northern NJ, July 2014.

The adult female was eating a white pigeon in front of her daughter for 20 minutes, and the youngster tried pulling the prey away. Mom won and took off, with the young female in hot pursuit. She caught up to her mom and grabbed the prey from below.

For a few seconds, both birds were hanging onto the prey and flying, the young female pulling her mom down while trying to secure her meal! The adult female finally let go, and the youngster found her own spot to dine. I think this was originally a lesson to the young falcon on simply pursuing a food source from one spot to another, but this ambitious youngster wanted to include the next lesson as well, securing it while in flight!  (Thanks, Mike!)

(A nifty column about Peregrines by Pete Bacinski of NJ Audubon is here.)


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