Is it a bird…on a plane? Angry falcon takes down model planes that pose threat to her nest
This aggressive falcon didn’t enjoy model plane enthusiasts getting too close to her nest – taking down their gliders in mid-air.
The peregrine took off like a shot attacking at least two planes which fell to the ground.
Photographer John Qiu snapped the rapid bird, whose nest sits in one of the parks in South Bay, Los Angeles, USA.
John, 55, revealed the bird – which can reach speeds of up to 200mp – was trying to protect its home.
He said: “A female peregrine felt the model planes were a threat to her nest on the cliff and wouldn’t stop until it had taken them down.
“Peregrines are rare and super-fast, which makes it very challenging to photograph.
“They are also an interesting species – the peregrine’s unparalleled flight speed and skills have emboldened it to do amazing and surprising things.
“They don’t seem to be afraid of anything, be it remote-controlled planes, people, or big dogs.
“A peregrine won’t hesitate to go after anything that’s too close to its nest.”