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Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon
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Copyright: Ruud van den Berg (Robespierre) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 178 W: 2 N: 329] (1424)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-D 80-200 mm/f2.8 ED
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Falcons - II chapter [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-05 16:58
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The Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) is a medium-sized falcom with a size of 38-53 cm long. The English and scientific species names mean "wandering falcon", and refer to the fact that some populations are migratory. It has a wingspan of about 1 metre. Males weigh 570-710 grams; the noticeably larger females weigh 910-1190 grams.

The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest creature on the planet in its hunting dive, the stoop, in which it soars to a great height, then dives steeply at speeds in excess of 300 km/h (185mph) into either wing of its prey, so as not to harm itself on impact. Although not self-propelled speeds, due to the fact that the falcon gathers the momentum and controls its dive, capture (if any) and landing in its own right, technically there is no faster animal. The fastest speed recorded is 390 km/h (242.3mph). The fledglings practice the roll and the pumping of the wings before they master the actual stoop.

Peregrine Falcons live mostly along mountain ranges, river valleys, and coastlines and increasingly, in cities. They are widespread throughout the entire world and are found on all continents except Antarctica.

Peregrine Falcons feed almost exclusively on birds, such as doves, waterfowl and songbirds, but occasionally they hunt small mammals, including bats, rats, voles and rabbits. Insects and reptiles make up a relatively small proportion of their diet. On the other hand, a growing number of city-dwelling Falcons find that feral pigeons and Common Starlings provide plenty of food.

This bird was photographed in the Hirsch und Sau Park close to Daun in Germany.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-01-05 17:15]
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Hi Ruud,
Mooi portrait van deze valk, goede scherpte en mooie details zichtbaar in de veren. Prachtige achtergrond en mooie compositie.
gr. Paula
Ben je ook in het Adler- en wolfspark Kasselburg geweest?
Ook heel erg mooi

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2007-01-05 17:20]

Hi Ruud,
A lovely image of this beautiful and majestic bird.Always something special about images of birds of prey.Good detail and clarity, the texture of its feathers clearly seen.
Regards, David

Hallo Ruud,

Mooi portret
scherpte, details, kleuren, POV, DOF en BG zijn perfect
compositie had iets beter gekunt door de valk iets meer uit de midden te halen(iets meer naar links)
het blijft een mooi plaatje

TFS Thijs

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-01-05 19:35]

Hello Ruud,
Great portrait You've done. Details, colors, light, compo and BG are great. TFS

Hi Rudd

Beautiful work. Nicely composed, good head turn pose. Nicely isolated from the BG. :-)

Nice portrait of Falcon (Falco biarmicus?)- but is not Peregrine (Falco peregrinus). If you have others photos of same subject I will can help you for ID.
Hi Ruud and TFS.

Hello Ruud , also me this bird is not peregrine , maybe interbreeding with other falcon species , I think this is peregrine- lanner interbrood bird, thanks.

Just to clear up any confusion, this is an adult Lugger (or Laggar) Falcon Falco jugger. Very similar to the Lanner Falcon, the combination of brown plumage, near-white breast and dark brown flank feathers is diagnostic of the species (juveniles have much more extensive dark brown on the underside. Nice portrait ;)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-06 4:18]

A splendid portrait, Ruud!
The pose of this impressive peregrine falcon is majestic and wonderfully captured here!
I really love the look in its eyes!
Also the natural colors look amazing and are well saturated, the details are crispy clear and the DOF here is impeccable.
A superb composition!

Bravo and TFS

Hoi Ruud,
Een super mooie foto. Prachtig qua kleur en belichting en top in scherpte. De achteground is echt heerlijk, mooi schoon en rustig aan het oog. Perfect werk op de belichting.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2007-01-06 6:21]

Prachtige plaat Ruud. Echt heel scherpe details, perfecte belichting en goede pose. Helemaal niets mis mee!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-01-06 7:40]

Hi Ruud,
Excellent portrait of the peregrine falcon. Composition, pose and background form a very good picture of this beautiful bird of prey.
Best regards

en voila un qui se prend pour l'embleme de votre pays!!
ce portrait est splendide.

Hi Ruud, wonderful portrait of falcon, great pose with splendid light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

beautiful portrait, TFS Ori

tres bonne macro, tres joli portrait de ce faucon, bons détails
bien vu, bravo merci

hi ruud!
great picture on this very
beautiful bird,sharp with nice
pov and dof,like the background to!
good work!

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