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Incredible POV Video of Peregrine Falcon Killing a Duck in Mid Air
PETAPIXEL ^ | MAY 04.2013 | DL Cade

Posted on 05/04/2013 7:28:53 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER

The Peregrine Falcon, also known as the Duck Hawk (a fact you won’t soon forget after watching this video), is a spectacular bird of prey. Claiming the title of fastest member of the animal kingdom, a Peregrine Falcon can reach speeds in excess of 200mph during its characteristic high-speed hunting dives — take that cheetah.

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: duck; falcon; video

1 posted on 05/04/2013 7:28:53 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Should have ducked.


2 posted on 05/04/2013 7:32:27 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (T)
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To: ClearCase_guy

“The Circle of Life....”


3 posted on 05/04/2013 7:33:02 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I was out plowing one day and got to see a falcon take a mourning dove out right in front of me. Was way cool.


4 posted on 05/04/2013 7:38:31 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Fascinating video.


5 posted on 05/04/2013 7:38:41 PM PDT by The Free Engineer
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

really neat video. thx for posting


6 posted on 05/04/2013 7:50:01 PM PDT by The_Sword_of_Groo (My world view is accurately expressed in the lyrics of " The Fightin' Side of Me")
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

recorded speed 240 mph in a dive.

I photograph for a research organization that studies/bands aviary raptors (per.falcons, hawks, eagles, merlins, owls).

When a per. falcon hits it’s prey, it’s like a bomb has exploded. Feathers everywhere. They have a “nub” on their beak that is reinforcement for the beak in those collisions.

And when my favorite, merlins, hunt, there is a reason they are called sky sharks

Fascinating to see.


7 posted on 05/04/2013 7:50:24 PM PDT by llevrok (2013: America is in a cold civil war.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Never say this in real life, but on a semi related note, several years back we were off-roading in the desert in AZ. Noisy VW engined buggy. As we passed through a washout, there was a HUGE raptor (Im not a bird guy so no clue what it was exactly) sitting on a rock about 10 feet away sitting there staring at us. Didn’t move.

No fear whatsoever.


8 posted on 05/04/2013 8:02:33 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Pretty cool.

I was canoeing on a nearby lake last fall and had a wood duck swimming just a few feet away. Suddenly a snapping turtle lunged up from below, grabbed the duck by the neck, and pulled it beneath the surface. It happened in less than five seconds; if I hadn't been looking right at the duck at the right instant, I wouldn't have seen a thing.

9 posted on 05/04/2013 8:15:19 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: Norm Lenhart

In that area, may have been a golden eagle (does not have a white head like the baldie does). It can track about 3 or 4 things at one time. You were just “noise” on it’s radar and not “worthy” of worry in it’s hunting protocol.


10 posted on 05/04/2013 8:18:29 PM PDT by llevrok (2013: America is in a cold civil war.)
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To: llevrok

Parker AZ. It was grey/browish. I was thinking that it was thinking we looked more like dinner ;)


11 posted on 05/04/2013 8:21:44 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: llevrok
Feathers everywhere.

YUP!! On a corner on the upper West side of Manhattan one day I watched a falcon take out a pigeon. When the feathers floated down they were all around a woman waiting for the light. "What happened?" she asked. "Falcon just got lunch." I replied. She freaked!
I once got within 6 ft. of a female merlin. She was perched on a pipe in the basement of a building at 133 & Lenox in Harlem. She looked OK, clear eyes and feathers dressed. I backed off and about a half hour later she was gone. The only way I could figure she got there was down an airshaft and through a broken window.
Lots of falcons, merlin, kestrels and hawks in upper Manhattan.

12 posted on 05/04/2013 8:24:24 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: Roccus

i watched a turtle takeo ut a slug one day- in the blink of an eye it was over


13 posted on 05/04/2013 8:29:23 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: Norm Lenhart

I’ve seen bald eagles sit for 2 hours while hunting.

Targets are on the board in fire control. Once and a while they take a look your way (it may have been tracking you lonnnng before you ever saw it) and then go back to pinging for target acquisition.

And then for reasons I don’t know, it up and leaves. 2 hours!!!

They are lazy buggers who would rather go for carrion then waste energy hunting. Had you fallen down on the ground, you may well have been it’s dinner!!!

A hawk or falcon will make the kill. An eagle swoops in. Then a raven runs them all off (at least here on the WA coast). That’s the great circle, Poomba!


14 posted on 05/04/2013 8:43:22 PM PDT by llevrok (2013: America is in a cold civil war.)
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To: llevrok

I have no doubt it would have left considerable scars. So Simba just kept on motoring down the trail ;)


15 posted on 05/04/2013 8:48:27 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart
Yeah, here is my buddy after getting the wrong end of an eagle's talons

check out CoastalRaptors.org and see field notes for some really interesting shots.

16 posted on 05/04/2013 8:59:27 PM PDT by llevrok (2013: America is in a cold civil war.)
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To: bigheadfred
There is a video on youtube that shows 2 golden eagles take down a wolf...trained by the Mongolians I think...that is awesome, they released one golden eagle that took down the wolf, but was having a little bit of trouble, so that released the other eagle, the wolf didn't have a chance..I wasn't aware that golden eagles could be trained like the falcon.
17 posted on 05/04/2013 9:12:00 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Wow,just wow.


18 posted on 05/04/2013 11:12:00 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Dead duck?


19 posted on 05/05/2013 5:56:37 AM PDT by Crazy Jim (There are known unknowns and then there are unknown unknowns. - Donald Rumsfeld)
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To: goat granny
In Texas we hunt white tail using a 223. Well, in Colorado we hunt elk using a 300 winmag. Well in Mongolia we hunt wolves using Golden Eagles.... touche Mongolia... touche. Golden Eagles Hunting Wolves
20 posted on 05/05/2013 9:52:14 AM PDT by willyd
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To: ro_dreaming

self ping... for later


21 posted on 05/05/2013 2:56:08 PM PDT by ro_dreaming (G.K. Chesterton, “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It’s been found hard and lef)
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