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Adult female peregrine falcon presents 3-week-old nestling with a mourning dove carcass. The prematurely fledged nestling was placed in this ledge cave when found on the talus slope to give him some protection from weather and predators, knowing that the adults would continue his care. [photo by motion-activated camera, low-resolution limits repro. size]
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RECURRING PREMATURE FLEDGING: IMAGES OF A SURVIVAL STORY
Adult female peregrine falcon presents 3-week-old nestling with a mourning dove carcass. The prematurely fledged nestling was placed in this ledge cave when found on the talus slope to give him some protection from weather and predators, knowing that the adults would continue his care. [photo by motion-activated camera, low-resolution limits repro. size]