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

73 thoughts on “Bird of Prey

      1. When I lived in Melbourne, I used to go up to the roof of the building and look across to the building where they set up – and yes, saw them hunting on a few occasions. Daring is a very faint word to describe how they zig and zag through the buildings – at tremendous speed – to come up on their target without being seen!! I saw one lose a wing feather when it cut the corner a bit too fine!

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      2. It does make the heart race. I think in Melbourne, they’ve become quite used to people staring at them (and through windows). They seem to ignore it now, and treat the whole city as their weird new form of cliff-face. The sound they make is like a call to a wilder life, a freer life …

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  1. Here in Ohio, in the States, we have red tail hawks. They are all over my town and they are majestic, in my opinion.

    Though, the Peregrine Falcon is so much more!

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  2. I can understand the fascination.
    When we lived in Poole, we had a buzzard visit our garden quite often, and it became quite partial to smoked bacon. It would fly over our house and sit on the front wall as if demanding breakfast. We sat on our front wall one day and it came to within three feet of us. Beautiful markings, and we could tell it in flight as it had a notch in its wing. We called him Claude.

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      1. He was beautiful, and a couple of time we saw him sitting on our gate post. WE think someone frightened him away as shortly after that we noticed he kept his distance, but still came back for the occasional piece of bacon!

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  3. I love the way you included your son in this post! Cool info, especially the nose baffles. And thanks for sharing about Chris. It’s always a joy to see those strong interests become a positive endeavor. We can ;learn so much from others!

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  4. I share his love. Back when I was living in Texas…and had money, this was one of my favorite charities:
    https://www.peregrinefund.org/

    The others were Service Dogs, Operation Homefront, our local no-kill shelter and saving Texas maps.

    I find myself holding my breath when viewing all birds…even our tiny Carolina Wrens. The most interesting encounters I’ve had were the Hummingbirds. I’ve been on my front porch steps and had them slowly drop down in front of me, to check me out, I presume. Wow. I’ve had them look me straight in the face and I froze in wonder. They sound like little helicopters.

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