Date: 3/31/21 10:27 am
From: Nancy and Mike Thomas <shipwreck5000...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Newport Perergine
Roy, absolutely incredible and beautiful. A great depiction of nature
surviving. Thanks.

On Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 9:02 PM Roy Lowe <roy.loweiii...> wrote:

> Today, I went to Yaquina Head to check out the peregrine falcons that nest
> there. I was hoping to photograph some action between the male and
> female. I was there nearly 3 hours and the female was present the whole
> time and the male only made one appearance and brought no prey to her. I
> left and went to Yaquina Bay to look for banded brant but totally struck
> out there after 1:45 hrs. Before heading home I made one last pass by the
> south jetty. I was driving out along the jetty when I saw a bird flying
> below me between the road and the jetty. It was a male peregrine falcon
> that was struggling to stay airborne with prey that it had in tow! It only
> flew a short distance before it landed and began to feed on a female
> bufflehead! I did a uie then pulled over and used my car as a blind and
> photographed the bird for the next 37 minutes and 40 seconds shooting 815
> images. I was parked in the flow of traffic in the wrong direction and no
> one honked at me and as far as I know I was not flipped off, but I really
> wasn’t looking at them. Amazingly, no walkers came by to disturb the
> bird. The falcon removed the head, eviscerated the bufflehead and ate a
> good portion of the breast muscle. The bird then flew off with the carcass
> to the bridge where I lost sight of it. The really cool part was this bird
> was the male from the pair at Yaquina Head! Identified by the alula on the
> right wing that is malformed and can be seen sticking out in the photos. I
> was approximately 35’ from the bird with a ringside seat. Wow!
> Roy Lowe
> Waldport, OR

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