Offbeat

By Pete Goddard


This perfectly angled photograph shows a FALCON looking identical to one of the most feared aircraft in the world.

Taken by 63-year-old semi-professional Photographer, Thomas Kaestner, from San Diego, California, the image shows a Peregrine Falcon darting downward in the shape of the infamous B-2 Bomber plane as if it’s about to demolish a target.

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The Jaw-dropping images were taken in May 2019, whilst Kaestner was at a known spot for sighting the prestigious birds of prey, in La Jolla, a seaside section of San Diego, California.

Thomas said: “Shooting Peregrine Falcons specifically is really a sport, it’s basically hunting, but as I say, I don’t use a gun, I use a camera.

“I was shooting on a cliff near where this bird and his mate have a nest. Their birds return to this location every year to raise their young, so it’s a known stake out spot.

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“The key is being on the ready for hours at a time, which is pretty boring, but zeroing in on them as they fly past is just exhilarating.”

The shot took hours to get, and Thomas says is about being patient, comparing wildlife photography to hunting.

Thomas said: “Just like hunting; prep work, being in the right spot, anticipating what the subject will do, and executing when the time comes.

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“It’s an amazing sense of accomplishment to “get the shot”, when all the preparation pays off.

“It’s a touchdown, a goal and bagging a trophy all wrapped up in one.”