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Discussion => Behaviour => Topic started by: Dinusaur on July 30, 2019, 06:38:24 pm

Title: Peregrine Falcon - Skills development
Post by: Dinusaur on July 30, 2019, 06:38:24 pm
Over a course about 6 week period I have had the occasional opportunity to observe and photograph a family of Peregrine Falcons made up of two adults and three fledglings by the Burlington Lift Bridge. Last two week-ends only two juveniles are seen, third one is presumed lost (no surprises given that their mortality rate is 70%). Approximately two weeks after they fledged, I've observed an interesting behavior of all three juveniles. They would fly towards a tree top with talons stretched, tear off leaves from the tree and then discard the leaves a little later. Here's a sequence of shots of one of the juveniles practicing hunting skills while in flight. As of last week-end they still seem to be dependent on their parents for food. Hope one of these days I get to see the juveniles catching their own prey and fully prepared to face migration and adulthood.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48417807941_df191558e5_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gLvVs6)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48417806161_fdb559f699_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gLvUVp)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48417956522_fe6c870e4d_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gLwFBQ)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48417803046_e1561deb46_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gLvTZG)

As it flew overhead one could clearly see the leaves in its talons.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48417801426_86961d668b_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gLvTvL)
Title: Re: Peregrine Falcon - Skills development
Post by: Ally on August 01, 2019, 01:00:46 pm
Wow, such wonderful captures of the neat observations!
Title: Re: Peregrine Falcon - Skills development
Post by: orchidpoet on December 29, 2019, 09:16:58 pm
That is truly amazing that you captured the practice!