The theme this week is Food. This is an easy one, there were so many possibilities to choose from. I could go with my wolf shots on an elk carcass, flycatchers with a bee in their beak, waxwing or robins eating berries, dragonflies eating bugs, eagles with fish or on a deer carcass, but I decided to go with the peregrine falcon shots that I took last November.
While I was volunteering at The Raptor Center someone came in and let us know that there was a wild peregrine on a building down the street. I grabbed my camera and went out to take a look. I could see the bird perched on the corner of the building but it was pretty far away.
So I decided to walk up the block to see if I could get a better view. As I was heading towards the birds location I saw it take off and head north and then I lost it as it crossed behind some trees and buildings. I decided to look around a bit to see if I could relocate the bird. When I turned a corner around to the back side of one of the buildings I found the peregrine on the ground tearing into its food, a pigeon, which it had just killed. The bird sat on the ground plucking feathers and ripping flesh about 20 feet away from me as I began to riffle off shots. I stayed until I had filled my 8 gb card and then left the bird to finish its meal in peace.