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Jul 3, 2012
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On top of S Dino Egg in the Flatirons about 3 weeks ago.
Raptor on S. Dino Egg eating something. Taken by J...
Raptor on S. Dino Egg eating something. Taken by John Brooks.
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Rick Blair
From Denver
Joined Oct 16, 2007
286 points
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Jul 3, 2012
Me and the offspring walking back to the car after...
I'm going with Peregrine Falcon. The flattish head, large eyes and slightly shorter and sharper beak match. The coloring is also more like a Peregrine than a Red Tailed Hawk. Jake Jones
From Richmond, VA
Joined Jul 30, 2011
1,141 points
Jul 3, 2012
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Prairie Falcon kpbo
From Fort Collins, CO
Joined May 25, 2008
10 points
Jul 3, 2012
Great Arch behind
Prairie Falcon for sure. Peregrine's have a larger and darker 'mustache' as well as overall darker body marks. It also appears to be eating some sort of small mammal which is the Prairie Falcon speciality compared to the Peregrine that specializes in avian prey. wufpak18
From Raleigh, NC
Joined Jul 31, 2010
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Jul 3, 2012
Me and the offspring walking back to the car after...
I stand corrected, gentlemen. Good call. I've never seen a Prarie Falcon, so I didn't make the connection. Jake Jones
From Richmond, VA
Joined Jul 30, 2011
1,141 points
Jul 3, 2012
Bucky
Wow, damn cool photo. Beautiful bird. J. Albers
From Colorado
Joined Jul 11, 2008
2,227 points
Jul 3, 2012
This is a novel auto blocking belay device.  I thi...
Thank you all very much! I have been trying to figure this out for a while! I was not even considering the correct bird.

I live in Downtown Denver ( 5 points ) and it never ceases to amaze me the wildlife encounters I have in the Flatirons, many trailheads being less than a half hour from my front door. This was an after work scamper.

This bird did not like us being up there and even more it did not like the other birds flying around. It let out many screetches at all of us. It was also very large.

I'm guessing the thing in its tallons is either a squirrel or a prairie dog, too small to be a chipmunk.
Rick Blair
From Denver
Joined Oct 16, 2007
286 points
Jul 3, 2012
Zermatt
I was hoping this was a who would win in a fight kind of thing J mac
Joined Oct 8, 2008
102 points
Jul 3, 2012
Great Arch behind
Peregrine for sure!!


wufpak18
From Raleigh, NC
Joined Jul 31, 2010
15 points
Jul 3, 2012
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Sorry John, I'll try to dig up the photo of the Pacific Giant Octopus I saw on top of the 3rd Flatriron but in the mean time check this out.



Link wont embed for some reason. Search google for shark vs octopus, its worth it.
Rick Blair
From Denver
Joined Oct 16, 2007
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