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Peregrine Falcon

By callaby
Having just dined on fresh pigeon this female cleaned her beak on the long grass and then let her dinner go down with a 30 minute rest which she needed after being harassed by the smaller male who was also hungry. These two birds rarely get within camera range so the picture is NOT what I would like to get, using a 300-800mm Sigmonster at 800mm with a 1.4 extender this is as good as it gets (with me at the controls), any advice on how to improve these shots over a distance of several hundred feet would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks to all who have voted and commented/advised on my pictures since joining EPZ are very much appreciated, I have learned a great deal from this warm and friendly community, again thanks to all.
Cheer up, spring is here bringing with it many photo opportunities, we may soon be able to discard a layer or two.

Tags: Female Falcon Peregrine Hungry Wildlife and nature

Voters: ColleenA, CaroleS, NaturesHaven and 13 more

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ColleenA Plus
5 354 5 Australia
16 Apr 2013 8:04AM
Hey Cal, a great I may not know my ducklings from my goslingsBlushBlush but do know a lot about Peregrine falcons as an ex boyfriend from years ago was a falconer and I was active in the sport for many years. I did have to get used to dead pigeons in my fridge for his food for days when he didnt fly. GrinGrinGrin

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16 Apr 2013 8:12AM
I hope you weren't offended by my remark Colleen, just pulling your leg. I have always had a liking for raptors, all of them, so I can't possibly understand why this former boyfriend is an EX, sounds a good guy to me.
johnke 5 223 15
16 Apr 2013 9:47AM
Fantastic to see them flying Free Cal, superb images...John
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2013 10:15AM
Nature captured at it's best Cal
a rare sight in the wild to of witnessed
beautiful both of them
mrjes 14 2 United States
16 Apr 2013 10:37AM
A wonderful image that truly shows the great bird in his natural habitat. How well camouflaged he is too!

16 Apr 2013 10:51AM
Superb result in extreme conditions. Well captured.
16 Apr 2013 9:32PM
Great capture of a beautiful bird Smile

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