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A Falcon, Its Prey, and Its Young

Amateur photographer and dedicated falcon watcher Kay Gunn closely followed the peregrines at 101 Hudson Street in Jersey City during the 2008 season. In the series of photos below Kay captured a sequence of events which gives us a window on the family dynamics of these wild birds.

The photos tell the story of the the male coming in with prey, the reaction of the juvenile, and then the male moving away and continuing to feed. Perhaps it is away of encouraging the young bird to hunt on its own and provide for itself.

This bit of falcon interaction took place atop 350 Warren Street on July 12, 2008. Clicking on each image will open a larger version.

Falcon with prey
Male with prey
Two falcons on roof
Male lands next to juvenile
Falcon takes flight
Male leaves with prey
Two falcons on roof
Juvenile expressed its unhappiness

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