It was somewhat of a surprise to see this young boy beg from this older lady. Especially in the wild, just before the nesting season.
As he circled her and her hard-won meal, I grew increasingly nervous for him. And then, finally, he crossed some line. A line I knew was there… I just didn’t know where. Maybe he did. Maybe he didn’t. Notice the size difference between an adult female and a juvenile male.
When he didn’t back down, I got the sense she was actually confused. Like, “Really? We’re going to do this?”
And before she knew it, he had the advantage in the leg locking wrasslin’ which settles the differences between most Peregrine Falcons. Amazingly, you can read BE/40’s band combo perfectly in this image.
I was so stunned, my heart was pounding. I think I was sweating. Stupidly, I moved the littlest bit, and he focused his intense aggression on me. I’ve been bombed by Falcons before… but never like this. I understood though. This wasn’t any old Falcon. This was BE/40, The Gift.
She’d sit far off for the rest of the morning, just hoping he’d leave some scraps.
Me & BE/40 when he was just a little, baby turd. From A Christmas Nest Story: The Greatest Gift Of All!
Who am I kidding? He was always a little… extra.

I guess I’m kind of proud of you. Kind of? I mean, you need to look out for yourself, but you also need to respect your elders. When the youth come to take the stuff of their elders by force, there is a tear in the fabric of the generations which hold us together in continuity.

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  1. My heart is pounding now reading this! How wonderful to have witnessed nature at its finest! (wish it had been me!0! THANK YOU!

    1. Haha, me too, still pounding. The most heart stopping thing I failed to mention is that I actually accidentally deleted all of the photos I took this day by accident. I was fortunately able to recover most of them, but lost the video which is a shame. BE/40’s begging was especially precious, and arguably manipulative.

    1. Thanks! Not all of these are photos. As with almost all of my stories, some are illustrations of the scene as I imagine it.

    1. It is a surf scoter. PEFA can actually take a Canada Goose if they really want to! But still, this thing is huge, and heavy. She really struggled to move it and kill it. Sadly I delete the memory card this day. I got the photos back but lost some great (if gruesome) video of her trying to move this thing. I have no idea how she got it in from sea, and my assumptions is that she punched it in the air to the ground.

  2. What an incredible series of photos! I mourn the loss of your video too, but feel so grateful to see these rare moments you’ve captured. I’ve had this thought before, but some of your shots are the best at showcasing age and sex dimorphism in birds and belong in a field ID resource!

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