Peregrines eat carrion and cough up pellets! Until this weekend I thought of Peregrines as these fast, powerful and deadly hunters of the sky. Well they are all that and more. Monday I watched as a peregrine banded WZ cough up two pellets, and Tuesday and Wednesday I watch peregrine K6 feed on the remains of a washed up Great Blue Heron.
In this image you can actually see the bulging crop of K6, while it stands on the Great Blue Heron remains.
The falcons I photographed were banded, and are part of the research of Coastal Raptors a non-profit group doing research, education and conservation on Washington State's coastal raptor population. The organization is run by Dan Varland, and their website is: http://www.coastalraptors.org.
Another view of WZ, which is also the peregrine featured in the Coastal Raptors logo.
Peregrine Falcon, Bald Eagle and Norther Shoveler brings my total photographed bird species to 79 so far this year. While my goal of 500 is starting to seem a little overly ambitious, in reality I'm reaching my goal of learning more about birds and getting out more to photograph them.