Second falcon digs its talons into pelican’s head to guard its nest captured in unimaginable photograph


a falcon attacking a pelican midflight against some clifs

The picture of a peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) attacking a big brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) gained this 12 months’s Fowl Photographer of the Yr award.  (Picture credit score: Jack Zhi/Fowl Photographer of the Yr)

A hanging picture of a feminine falcon attacking a brown pelican mid-flight has been named winner of the 2023 Fowl Photographer of the Yr. The peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) could be seen swooping down on the massive brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis), hanging the intruder’s head with its talons. 

Jack Zhi, from Southern California, captured the picture —titled “Seize the Bull by the Thorns” after 4 years of making an attempt. “I like the eyes of the pelican on this picture — stunned and scared,” Zhi mentioned in an announcement. “The motion was quick, and over within the blink of a watch. However I am going to do not forget that second endlessly.”


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