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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Careful Talons

It is a truly wondrous thing to see how raptors are so careful with their lethal talons around their eggs and their young.

Here are a few pictures of Big Red balling up her talons from 2012:

curved talon near eggs
by grasshopper01

4-15-0957 Hawk talon
by WeeBirdie

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 April 23, 2012, 4:14 PM by Benjammin31 

 And here is a shot from the Dunrovin Osprey nest, same idea:

 June 16, 2012, 3:33 PM by Grandad Rufus

The power of a raptor's grip comes from its leg muscles, tendons and bones. Researchers believe a bald eagle's grasp is at least 10 times stronger than that of an adult human hand and can exert upwards of 400 psi. The average person, by comparison, purportedly has a grip strength of about 20 psi.

Source: http://lubbockonline.com/stories/032606/gue_032606062.shtml

Yet around their eggs and their young, these powerful feet are gentle indeed!

 Post idea submission by PiccPete