World`s Most Overconfident Falcon [Pic]

Submitted by: fancylad 7 years ago in Science

You gotta admire his optimism, but I just don"t see it happening.
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Male 11
..... wonder how this worked out?
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Male 15,510
`shopped
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Male 26
Maybe the bird`s aiming for something behind the tortoise >.>
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Male 463
That hawk is a northern harrier. They are among the most succesful and efficient hunters of all the raptors, with vision twenty times better than that of a human. Yet, for some reason, this harrier wants to give his species a bad name. That, or its on drugs.
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Male 65
haaaaaaaaaaaa thats a check that the hawk cant bounce,
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Male 1,485
lololololol
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Male 2,220
Its not shopped. Its a hawk not a falcon and a tortoise not a turtle.

Sheesh.

Nice pic though..

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Male 656
i wanna say shopped... but idk.

if humans can be stupid enough to elect Obama, i`m pretty sure falcons can be stupid enough to try this...

But think of it not as a fail, but as a very nearly impossible win, making victory oh so much sweeter

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Male 2,238
LOL, this is teh awesomes
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Female 961
thelonious don`t be such a kill joy. the pic is funny and rather amusing. that`s all that matters really
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Male 3,310
Well that damn turtle does!
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Male 1,718
Lol thats what you call inventive food chain cutzies.
And I told you already thelonious, shuuushhh. We dont really care whether or not its fake.
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Male 3,310
Yeah, wow, what remarkable timing on that [fake] shot
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Male 135
Lethargic and obese wins the race.
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Male 2,125
lol mrhyde, that made this even funnier xD
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Male 494
Believe it or not, the bottom half of this picture is live.
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Female 124
It`s not a falcon...it`s a juvenile bald eagle :)

I would`ve liked to see what happened two seconds later...

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Female 2,672
dont worry guys, i got this....ok i dont got it
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Male 928
If it can manage to grab it by the edge of the shell it can and will pick it up and kill it. They can almost pick a small deer up off of the ground. Just to give you and idea how much weight they can handle.
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Male 138
`Oh I totally got this, oh yeah... MY EFFING TALONS!!!!`
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Male 211
turtle? i see no turtle! what we have here is a tortoise!
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Male 2,388
turtles are strange creature elegant yet useful
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Male 1,360
maybe the turtle made a comment about his girlfriend
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Female 3,727
Birdbrain!
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Male 44
Thats just funny
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Male 180
I guess this is a metaphore, the Falcon is the US, and the Turtle symbolizes Iraq?

Jokes aside, a thought for all the troops out there risking their lives everyday. The cause might or might not be just, this is another question.

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Male 114
Maybe he thinks its a nice rock to land on lol.
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Male 8,302
> On top of that, a falcon is a falcon (and not an eagle) because falcons hunt airborne prey only. They can`t attack grounded prey

So the entire 600 year old medieval sport of falconry, where the Falcon is trained to go catch rabbits, pheasant etc, is a huge urban myth?

No actually you`re almost right, they PREFER to attack things in the air but they do hunt ground prey too. Difference between Hawks, Eagles and Falcons.

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Male 181
Dfaulted: It`s not a question of where he grips it.
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Male 1,918
whats he gunna grip?
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Female 512
"On top of that, a falcon is a falcon (and not an eagle) because falcons hunt airborne prey only. They can`t attack grounded prey."

Seems every single falcon I`ve ever seen (& I`ve seen quite a few) has failed to get that memo...the ones that used to live near us were particularly fond of mice & rabbits...& pet chickens if they could get them.

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Male 3
@Joshyboy989: You watched that episode of CSI too?
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Male 169
Wasn`t there A great philosipher guy who died when A falcon/eagle dropped a tortoise on his head?
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Female 244
"There are actually some species of eagle that have learned to pick up smaller tortoises and drop them onto rocks from a great height to smash them open. :("

I`m really sad now!

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Female 15,763
No see, this is just a bad angle. The turtle just installed handles so he can enjoy a free airlift.
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Male 2,422
Oh tortoise snap!
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Male 506
There are actually some species of eagle that have learned to pick up smaller tortoises and drop them onto rocks from a great height to smash them open. :(
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Male 181
"Falcon KICK!!!"
Epic win
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Male 1,523
I see those claws breaking
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Female 9,475
That turtle better be strong.
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Male 130
no falcons do hunt prey on the ground, not turtles of course, although, falcon turtle soup is prolly good
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Male 3,756
Maybe the depth perception is off and he`s actually right on target for the head.

He`s gon` rip that sh** off.

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Male 104
Space_girl is right. On top of that, a falcon is a falcon (and not an eagle) because falcons hunt airborne prey only. They can`t attack grounded prey.

Man, I am SUCH a loser...

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Male 10,440
That turtle`s got nothin` to worry about.
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Male 906
janus... o.O
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Female 627
Falcons land on the turtles and use them for look out posts. It`s common
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Male 126
dude janus games....shut the drat up
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Male 9,306
What an interesting story Janus, but I will have to ask you to try to keep it to single posts from now on. :)
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Male 294
From small gods, by terry pratchet

Now consider the tortoise and the eagle.

The tortoise is a ground-living creature. It is impossible to live nearer the ground without being under it. It`s horizons are a few inches away. It has about as good a turn of speed as you need to hunt down a lettuce. It has survived while the rest of evolution flowed past it by being, on the whole, no threat to anyone and too much trouble to eat.

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Male 294

And then there is the eagle. A creature of the air and high places, whose horizons go all the way to the edge of the world. Eyesight keen enough to spot the rustle of some small and squeaky creature half a mile away. All power, all control. Lightning death on wings. Talons and claws enough to make a meal of anything smaller than it is and at least take a hurried snack out of anything bigger.

And yet the eagle will sit for hours on the crag and survey the kingdoms of the world until it spots a distant movement and then it will focus, focus,focus on the small shell wobbling among the bushes down there on the desert. And it will leap...

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Male 294

And a minute later the tortoise finds the world dropping away from it. And it sees the world for the first time, no longer one inch from the ground but five hundred feet above it, and it thinks: what a great friend I have in the eagle.

And then the eagle lets go.

And almost always the tortoise plunges to its death. Everyone knows why the tortoise does this. Gravity is a habit that is hard to shake off. No one knows why the eagle does this. There`s good eating on a tortoise but, considering the effort involved, there`s much better eating on practically anything else. It`s simply the delight of eagles to torment tortoises.

But of course, what the eagle does not realize is that it is participating in a very crude form of natural selection.

One day a tortoise will learn how to fly

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Male 63
Looking at this picture made me realize that a tortoise shell has a major design flaw. They can`t protect their crotch. Then I wondered why the falcon is going for it. Is tortoise crotch really tasty? ...I`m going for a walk now. Get away from my computer for a bit. I think I need it.
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Male 9,306
Falcon used Fly!

It doesn`t effect Ground Tortoise.

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Male 265
"Hahaha that`s funny, but of course some jackoff is gonna take it literally and say "photoshopped". So whoever is the first to say that is gonna discover a flaming bag of dog poo on their steps."

you were the first to say it. have fun cleaning up.

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Male 55
Falcon KICK!!!
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Male 37
@srgkoala- SHOPPED...
lol, just kidding buddy :P
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Male 8,302
Its gonna be total Fail when he tries to land - turtle just waxed his shell!
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Male 299
Hahaha that`s funny, but of course some jackoff is gonna take it literally and say "photoshopped". So whoever is the first to say that is gonna discover a flaming bag of dog poo on their steps.
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Female 57
Honestly, I don`t see a falcon trying to pick up dinner..I see a falcon coming into land on what to him probably looks like a big rock.
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Female 1,413
lol nice
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Female 837
You can almost hear him thinking: "Damn it, I really need to remember that stuff looks A LOT smaller when I`m flying!"
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Male 1,403
ferdyfred- congrats!
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Male 3,425
Yah, umm, not gonna happen.
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Female 18
Just think of the sounds effects xD
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Male 13,624
*cracks a beer open* to 1001
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Male 13,624
Happy 1000th post to me
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Male 403
He wants it but he knows it can never happen...
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Female 195
I can almost hear his ego bursting.
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Male 89
lol, awesome.
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Female 5,222
at least hes trying
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Male 13,624
someones gonna get his roof rocked in um, 1/2 second?
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Male 15
Awesome
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Male 224
hahaha

great post

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Male 20,158
Link: World`s Most Overconfident Falcon [Pic] [Rate Link] - You gotta admire his optimism, but I just don`t see it happening.
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