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Another Bad Day for the Pigeons!

 
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Jan 29, 2013 23:22 |  #1

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Prairie Falcon hunting at a grain terminal in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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Jan 29, 2013 23:24 |  #2

Wow! What a great capture!


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Jan 29, 2013 23:49 |  #3

fantastic! well...for you and the falcon! :)


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Jan 30, 2013 07:03 |  #4

The moment of demise-well captured!


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Jan 30, 2013 07:37 |  #5

Nailed!


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Jan 30, 2013 07:47 as a reply to  @ RedSloth's post |  #6

Nice capture and great timing. What made you aware that the falcon was about to snatch the pigeon? I envy people that has good knowledge of the birds behaviour to capture such an image.

BTW I suspect this is also the reason why one of the communication tower in my area were littered with magpie parts minus the meaty parts.


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Jan 30, 2013 07:54 as a reply to  @ Canajun's post |  #7

Awesome shot! Very sharp, especially considering you used two TC's.


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Jan 30, 2013 08:57 |  #8

Very cool shot. Any idea how far they can carry a bird that size? I'd imagine the weight differential is like an eagle taking a goose-in that case, they can pick it up and move it, but aren't going very far with it. Put another way, it's like me(185 oounds) carrying 150-160 pounds with my feet. Always impresses me to see a raptor with a large(for its size) kill.




  
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Jan 30, 2013 09:54 |  #9

Thanks all! I comment a bit in the other bird forum at POTN, and I think this is my first post in the bird photo sharing.

Canajun wrote in post #15551468 (external link)
Nice capture and great timing. What made you aware that the falcon was about to snatch the pigeon? I envy people that has good knowledge of the birds behaviour to capture such an image.

BTW I suspect this is also the reason why one of the communication tower in my area were littered with magpie parts minus the meaty parts.

It's definitely not easy, but you gotta track the bird with your camera/lens. I saw it coming, but I still miss that impact or at the moment where the falcon grabbed that pigeon in mid-air.

LV Moose wrote in post #15551489 (external link)
Awesome shot! Very sharp, especially considering you used two TC's.

I've been shooting with stacked TCs to extend my reach with my 300/2.8 for almost a year, and I think it's pretty sharp to my eyes. The AF speed is just as fast as a single Canon 1.4x II. The AF speed on the Canon 2x TC is slower than the Canon 1.4x TC.

Shackleton wrote in post #15551640 (external link)
Very cool shot. Any idea how far they can carry a bird that size? I'd imagine the weight differential is like an eagle taking a goose-in that case, they can pick it up and move it, but aren't going very far with it. Put another way, it's like me(185 oounds) carrying 150-160 pounds with my feet. Always impresses me to see a raptor with a large(for its size) kill.

You're quite right. It won't go very far because of the size of the falcon and the weight of the pigeon. Often times it will carry the pigeon to the rail track just below the grain elevator or on top of the roof of the building next door and feed on the prey. Even though the falcon can be successful obtaining its meal, it often gets harassed by Ravens and lose its meal, and the falcon will go back and try to hunt for another pigeon.


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Jan 30, 2013 10:44 as a reply to  @ Muteki's post |  #10

Excellent capture Raymond.


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Jan 30, 2013 11:29 |  #11

Lol, awesome, the feather trail really makes the shot.


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Jan 30, 2013 12:39 |  #12

Muteki wrote in post #15551840 (external link)
You're quite right. It won't go very far because of the size of the falcon and the weight of the pigeon. Often times it will carry the pigeon to the rail track just below the grain elevator or on top of the roof of the building next door and feed on the prey. Even though the falcon can be successful obtaining its meal, it often gets harassed by Ravens and lose its meal, and the falcon will go back and try to hunt for another pigeon.

I only wish I'd been more interested in photography when the wife and I went to Devil's Tower. North side of the tower had a nest of falcons, but the east side had a nest of pigeons. Every time the pigeons tried to leave the nest the falcons made a run at them and chased them right back to the nest.




  
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Jan 30, 2013 12:45 |  #13

Helluva catch there; for you AND the falcon :) Nicely done.


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Jan 30, 2013 19:59 |  #14

Just... Wow!
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Jan 30, 2013 20:12 |  #15

Outstanding


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