Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus anatum). Her name is Xena. She is well known these days here in coastal San Diego. On this afternoon I found her perched low on the bluff just above the beach. She was very curious about a small rattlesnack moving around below her. She kept cominig flying down from her perch, taking swipes at the snake. Right after I caputured this image of her launching my camara's shutter mechanism quit.
photo by Will James Sooter