Prairie Falcon Harassing Snowy Owl
Near Pierre, SD  1/29/2007

This young snowy owl was just minding its own business when a prairie falcon began harassing it.

On the first pass the falcon drove the owl off the post. The owl landed in the field a short distance from the fence.

The falcon came back for some more fun. I focused on the owl and started shooting when it raised its wings in defense against the falcon.

The falcon never struck the owl, after another  swoop it flew off into the west and the owl went east.