Defending falcon

THREATENED SPECIES

I was having a day’s fly-fishing with a friend in the upper Oreti River when we were ‘dive bombed’ by an aggressive falcon. It was obvious that there was a nest near by, so we moved away. But the falcon followed us, becoming less aggressive and continuing to circle around and keep an eye on us for some time.

Oreti River, Mossburn, New Zealand

Canon 40D, 400mm, 1/1000, f5.6, ISO 400

Status: The New Zealand Falcon is listed as Near Threatened.

by Andy Trowbridge, New Zealand