Thankfully we made it to the end of the week. Some random animal photos helped. But it’s the weekend and at least for a few hours our son is in a happy place. While he is happy then I am happy.
A few weeks ago we talked about his second favourite animal in the world. Let’s meet his favourite now.
The Peregrine Falcon.
Since an early age he has just loved the Peregrine. Luckily he has had the opportunity on a couple of occasions to handle this just stunning bird of prey. In the U.K. one of our main nature presenters is Chris Packham. He has Aspergers and is brilliant. A tireless campaigner for good. Chris has openly talked about his life with Aspergers. As a child he developed a special bond with a Kestrel. His fascination and bond with the Kestrel mirrors that of our son with the Peregrine.
I now hand over to our son for fact time (his words now)
- The Peregrine is the fastest animal on the planet. Likely to be the fastest creature ever to live on earth. Potentially the fastest creature in the Universe. In its dive (the stoop) it can reach over 215mph
- They have special baffles in the nose to stop them blacking out during dives
- Sometimes called Duck Hawks
- Favourite diet is pigeons, starlings, doves,
- It’s nest site is called an eyrie
- Wingspan is 3ft
- It flies high, uses its super eyesight to see prey below. folds its wings like a jet fighter and nose dives towards its prey. It will then strike its prey with great force.
- They can be kleptoparasites. Steal pray off other birds.
- Lifespan up to 15 years
- They have larger eyes than humans and can see prey over 300m away