I was taking pictures of this gorgeous raptor last week while it sat perched on a utility pole. Normally birds will avoid launching toward you, instead choosing to take a safer route away from the human interloper. This falcon though decided to launch almost directly at me, allowing me to capture this cool sequence of images.
It was in fact watching a small flock of blackbirds behind me and decided to try to snag one for a meal. It wasn’t successful and I missed capturing images of it diving directly though the flock but I was very happy with the launch sequence I was able to get.
These raptors are not particular about their diet and will feed on smaller birds including larks, swallows and doves but will also feed on rodents including squirrels.
Taken in Adams County, Colorado.