Always a thrill

From a distance, I initially thought this was an Osprey – they’re always sitting on top of power poles like this. But, what a special moment when I realized it was actually a magnificent Peregrine Falcon! I’ve seen Peregrine Falcons only a couple of other times and never this close up . . . I didn’t even care about the power lines in the way!

They are magnificent and special birds, who have rebounded amazingly well after their numbers had plummeted from the damaging effects of DDT. “Powerful and fast-flying, the Peregrine Falcon hunts medium-sized birds, dropping down on them from high above in a spectacular stoop. They were virtually eradicated from eastern North America by pesticide poisoning in the middle 20th century” All About Birds offers a great deal more fascinating information about these birds of prey.

Much has been written about the Peregrine Falcon‘s speed, agility and hunting prowess! Check out this cool video clip for more from David Attenborough about these expert predators!!

28 thoughts on “Always a thrill

  1. Yes, it is! And you got a good close-up. These birds pop up in the most unusual places. We saw a pair of them flying alongside our ship off the coast of Nova Scotia where I think they were chasing the flying fish (amazing!) churned up in our wake. They landed on the tallest aerials on the ship’s bow inbetween flights and kept this up all day before disappearing at sunset!

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  2. A wonderful sight! I’m glad that this truly magnificent bird managed to survive. Here there are sadly cases of birds of prey being poisoned (illegally), presumably by farmers or landowners.

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