Peregrine Falcon hunting Cassin’s Auklet on Nine-Mile Bank (San Diego)

The peregrine falcon soars overhead waiting for Cassin’s auklets, stuffed with krill from the winter upwelling season, to flush from in front of the ship.
Amazing birds - the peregrine falcon - a feathered dinosaur, is the fastest creature on the planet!
An amazing bird (AKA feathered dinosaur), the peregrine falcon, is the fastest creature on the planet!
Sensing his moment – the falcon goes into a stoop and bullets at the overweight auklet (also a feathered dinosaur). He must approach directly from behind (the six o’clock), and quick, otherwise the auklet will dive below the surface out of reach. Note the other auklets scattering!!
The moment of capture. Peregrine falcon nails a plump Cassin's Auklet on the wing.
The moment of capture. Peregrine falcon nails a plump Cassin’s Auklet on the wing.

"mine... mine... mine..." Trailed by a gang of pesky sea gulls the falcon must now schlepp the hard-earned bounty back to shore (14 miles offshore of Mission Bay). If he/she makes it, he'll enjoy a nice meal of krill-stuffed auklet, Tur-duck-en style.

Seagulls chasing the falcon and cargo back (14miles) to shore.
“mine… mine… mine…” Seagulls (also feathered dinosaurs) chasing the falcon and cargo back (14miles) to shore.
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