Peregrine Falcon in flightPeregrine Falcon in flight – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/640, ISO 500, +1.0 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

Last month while camping near Capitol Reef National Park I was delighted to find a Peregrine Falcon feeding on prey near some Sandhill Cranes in a field that I had been photographing. I was surprised and felt as giddy as a child at Christmas because Peregrine Falcons are a species I don’t have in my viewfinder very often and when I do they are usually too far away to get decent photographs.

This Peregrine gave some nice views as it flew by several times that evening and I enjoyed this photo a lot because of the pose, the direct eye contact and by being able to see that its tail was still bloody from its last meal.