Falcon dive-bombs ducks


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#2

Leave the ducks alone! Aren’t there zombies to be dive-bombed?


#3

And that is how the down for comforters is collected.


#4

Look at all those ducks! There are at least ten minus one!


#5

Falcons nest on one of the local skyscrapers, there have been reports of office workers looking out the window and seeing a falcon hit a pigeon like missile.

nest cam blog
http://www.conservewildlifenj.org/education/falconcam/


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One of our downtown buildings has a peregrine nest, and pedestrians in the area will occasionally see a bird wing, head, or other body part on the pavement, dropped by the falcons.

Appropriately, it looks like peregrines have also been known as “duck hawks”


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They’re not only fast, they’re agile. I recall looking out the back window at my brother’s old place quite a number of years back, and seeing one fly full tilt into a rather dense cedar hedge, to come back out the way he flew in, with a sparrow in his claws. He then flew around to the tree in the front yard to settle down to lunch.


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I remember seeing a sparrowhawk take a pigeon on the wing. Well, what I actually saw was a bit of movement in the corner of my eye as a pigeon turned into a few floating feathers as at the same time a sparrowhawk appeared sat on the lawn, on top of said pigeon (after having dived on it at great speed).
Our cat, normally a scourge on anything with feathers up to and including pheasants, refused to leave the house for a day, and when she did, spent a few moments scanning the sky before leaving the cover of the roof.
The sparrowhawk killed the pigeon, gave us a look of “anyone else want to fuck with me?”, and flew off, barely encumbered.


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Peregrines get all the press! This is the equally impressive but less popular prairie falcon. Very similar in size and build, but much lighter in color, especially the flight feathers.


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