Stunning Aerial Attack: Peregrine Falcon Snatches Hapless Willet

Here, the falcon tries to pick up the willet but misses once more. Female peregrines are larger than their male counterparts – in some cases by as much as 30 percent. Both sexes, however, share the same beautiful and distinctive markings: white- to rust-colored undersides lined with thin, dark bands; barred bluish black or gray wings; and a black-tipped tail with a white strip towards the very end. In contrast, their feet and the base of their bills are bright yellow.Again the peregrine tries to snare its prey and fails. Willets – a type of sandpiper – are by no means small birds themselves. They come in two seasonal colors: mottled brown breeding plumage (which this one appears to have), and plain gray winter plumage. Unfortunately for this willet, if it hasn’t bred already, it missed its chance. In this dramatic shot, the willet is sent tumbling by the peregrine, which appears to be clutching some feathers in her left claw. Peregrine falcons often live in coastal areas to satisfy their taste for shorebirds, but they are found in a wide variety of other environments as well. In fact, you can find them on every continent excluding Antarctica. They even call urban areas home, so it’s not surprising that they’re among the most prevalent raptors in the world.