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Peregrine Removing Prey Entrails | by Sharpeyesonline
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Peregrine Removing Prey Entrails

Peregrines are very redundant in how they consume certain types of prey. In the case of a larger kill, like this Willet, they break the spinal cord, remove the head, and begin plucking feathers until they get into the breast meat. In this image (#3 of this series starting with the 2 previous images) Nancy has just about consumed all the premium breast meat and she is now removing the intestines, mainly to get them out of her way. She also will remove the liver. The wings and feet will be left for scavengers. Being in the moment with these wild birds of prey makes you appreciate what it means to truely survive.

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Taken on April 22, 2010