This story begins as many of my photography adventures do “I was paddling my kayak along the shores of Tomales Bay, taking pictures of whatever I saw of interest, when…”
“My camera swung up, and I followed it. Click. Click. Click. I fired off several shots, capturing it as…”
And here is where the story takes a new twist. I saw in the copse of cypress trees that the young Peregrine was racing towards, a pair of Red-tailed Hawks, coupled in romantic embrace (or what birds may consider romantic). Apparently the Peregrine saw them also, because…
Now what do you think those Redtails were thinking when they saw the Peregrine gunning for them? I’m not really sure, but I can guess what they were thinking right after…
And I am sure it wasn’t complimentary. Luckily for the falcon, she is one of the fastest creatures alive. Without waiting for them to catch their balance,
The Red-tail Hawks seemed to try to regain a sense of equilibrium, but the moment was spoilt. I don’t know if it was to gloat, or if there was some sort of death wish involved, but…
This is the only time I have seen such a thing, where one species so rudely interrupted another in such an obvious way. It was truly a very different sight to behold.
For another amazing raptor encounter that I witnessed, check out these photographs of a Red-tailed Hawk and an octopus