Peregrines: food transfer

March 5, 2014 in Near the Clock Tower

Classic food transfer just after sunset on a cloudy evening.  According to Cornell Birds of North American Online:  Transfer of food between mates (courtship feeding) may occur on ground or in air, but typically from male to female. Either sex initiates transfer. On ground, female solicits transfers with Vertical Head-Low Bow accompanied by a Food Wail. If male has food, female may also use eechup . Alternatively, female assumes posture of Begging juvenile, crouching, spreading tail, fluffing feathers, quivering wings, giving Beg vocalization or perches in fluffed upright posture, and Wails.