Amur Falcon, Lonavala, India by Suman Paul

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The Amur Falcons travels a long distance every year from the Northern China to South Africa crossing India. After a gap of many years, the Amur Falcon halted in Lonavala for some days on their way to South Africa. I took this opportunity to visit the place and take their pictures in the habitat. It was morning time and I went to the Lonavala grassland where they located. This was a vast area covered with green grasses and it took some time for me to find them in the field. I saw few of the female Falcons busy in killing the flies / insects in the grassland. I slowly approach towards them. There were few rocks around the grassland and the birds were sitting on them looking for preys. I was looking for a perfect shot to see the bird in action. The rocky-uneven ground was a bit difficult for crawling with camera in hand as I had to move with the birds. Somehow, with good patience I able to capture this flying shot. The bird was perched on the abandoned tree branch and took a flight to catch it's prey.

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