This was certainly a first for us, a falcon feeding 3 newly hatched eyasses on Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
She struggles to man-handle this smaller member of the ‘Curlew’ family. Often we watch prey items brought to the ledge, plumed with the head removed; therefore not only those long legs but that huge curved beak cause lots of issues, as can be seen in this video. One of the eyasses gets knocked over while another trampled upon under the falcons at times clumsy efforts. In the final shot as she fly’s of to cache the remains it could quite easily have knocked one of these small bundles of down to the waiting sea below.ave knocked one of these small bundles of down to the waiting sea below.