This is Sid, he is a very elusive Tiercel (male) Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus anatum) making a high speed turn out in front of my cliff top monitoring station. He can be hard to spot because he is so fast and a third smaller than his Falcon (female) mate. After he made this turn he went into "attack mode" and dove repeatedly on his own (recently fledged) daughter who was below me on the cliff (see previous photo in my stream). He dived bombed her several times while she was trying to reach her Falcon mother who was above her with a fresh caught prey bird. She mantled her wings to try and escape harm from her fathers attack. Fortunately he did not harm her and she eventually made it up to the top of the plucking perch where her Mother fed her (see previous photo in my stream).
I am astounded at the Tiercel's behavior. I really do not understand this type of wild Peregrine shenanigans. I am researching why he would attack his own young offspring so early in the season. All my photos are handheld and shot at ISO 200. www.sharpeyesonline.com