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MATING 2, © 2017 David A. Ponton

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Male peregrine falcon landing on the back of the female for copulation, gripping her rump between his “ankles” (the rearward joint in leg). His halix claw is folded forward under the foot so as to not injure the female, his front talons are visibly out but clear. © 2017 David A. Ponton [photo by motion-activated camera mounted near a favorite perch on the canyon rim. The low-resolution camera limits repro. Size.]
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Male peregrine falcon landing on the back of the female for copulation, gripping her rump between his “ankles” (the rearward joint in leg).  His halix claw is folded forward under the foot so as to not injure the female, his front talons are visibly out but clear. © 2017 David A. Ponton [photo by motion-activated camera mounted near a favorite perch on the canyon rim. The low-resolution camera limits repro. Size.]