The surprisingly stealthy hunting strategy of the peregrine falcon
The Guardian reports, “Rather than head straight for their target, the falcons kept their quarry in a fixed position to one side, allowing them to close in on the prey in the stealthiest way possible. The strategy exploits an effect called motion camouflage, where the predator does not seem to be moving from the point of view of the prey. Done well, the only clue that the bird is approaching is the gradual increase in its size.”
With this strategy, a falcon won’t seem to be zeroing in on its target, which maintains a certain element of surprise as they come in with lightening speed for the kill.
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