Bruno D'Amicis - Prey exchange
Although well distributed in Africa and Middle East, the Lanner falcon is an absolute rarity in Europe. A bunch of pairs of this beautiful falcon still breed in central and southern Italy. Quite differently from the similar Peregrine, the Lanner is a very secretive and elusive bird and, even in the proximity of the nest, one rarely hears its call or glimpses its shape. Only with a lot of patience and experience one can have the opportunity to photograph this magnificent mediterranean bird. On a cloudy morning at 7 AM, after a full night spent in a hide to conceal my presence, a male comes to its perch; a blue rock trush in its claws. A few seconds later a much larger shape appears and, in a chaos of feathers and wings, takes the prey away: the female that was brooding in the nest claimed its breakfast. One reads it in books and sees it sometimes through the binoculars, but, still, I was very impressed by the difference in size among the two sexes.
Location: Marche, Italy
Tags: bruno damicis, endangered, falco biarmicus, italy, lanner, pair, prey