21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Falcon RN on dove

Location – Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa One morning we were driving north along the dry riverbed of the Auob River. A vehicle was about 200 meters in front of us and it stopped next to a bird sitting on the ground in the road. We could not see which bird it was but within a few second it took off and it landed a few meters from our vehicle on a dead branch next to the road. The bird was a Red-necked Falcon with its kill – which look like a dove. It sat on the branch for a few minutes feeding on its kill giving me the opportunity to capture it feeding on its kill.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: South Africa
Camera: ILCE-1
Copyright: © Willem Kruger