Wildlife photography is a practice in patience and persistence - and sometimes, just sometimes, you might be rewarded with an incredible few moments like those detailed below.
I really have no idea how many hundreds of hours I have spent watching these Peregrine Falcons - but much of the time is spent watching them sit - and sit some more. Occasionally they might humor you with a preening session, just to give you a new pose. And that's just what was happening on this day.
I was observing the Peregrine Falcon preening high on a cliff when I noticed the Hawk soaring above, minding its own business. It was so high I initially didn't think much of it. But as it began to circle, I decided it might be a good idea to keep an eye on the Hawk. The Peregrine had the same idea and in a split second she exploded off of the cliff. The chase was on! The entire confrontation was over in a matter of seconds. Click on the image below to see what transpired!