According to The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota this is Eve, a 3 year old Peregrine Falcon. She is the mother of the juveniles I have recently photographed. In this photo you can see a small bird which she has caught. The bird is laying on the tree near her feet. She has been busy trying to teach her young to hunt on their own. This photo was taken moments before the segment in the video (I posted yesterday) where the young bird attempts to take the prey from the mother.
This Falcon was originally banded in Grand Forks, North Dakota in 2011. She was found in 2013 with an injury to her wing near the high bridge in St. Paul, Minnesota. After rehab at The Raptor Center she was released near Alexandria, Minnesota. Amazingly she found her way back to St. Paul again and has taken residency near the Ford Lock and Dam on the Mississippi river.
ISO 800 – f/8.0 – 1/1600s – 600mm – Tripod and Gimbal
Canon EOS 7D Body and Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS Lens with Canon 2x Teleconverter MkII.
Photographed in St Paul, Minnesota on 7-13-2014 at 10:00 AM