Last weekend in Wilmington, Delaware, Kim Steininger watched an amazing thing near the local peregrine falcons' nest. The mother peregrine saw a great-blue heron fly through the area ... and attacked it!
I've never seen anything like this before. Herons are fish-eating wading birds who have no interest in eating peregrine babies. I can only imagine that the heron's wingspan reminded the falcon of a bird of prey.
Kim's amazing pictures are on her blog - or click on the photo to go there directly.
One thing is certain. This heron will not fly through the peregrines' zone for a long time to come.
Thanks to Kim Steininger for permission to use her photo. Totally awesome!