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Faucon pèlerin (French)
Halcón peregrino (Spanish)
Duck Hawk (English)
Powerful and fast-flying, the Peregrine Falcon hunts medium-sized birds, dropping down on them from high above in a spectacular stoop. Virtually exterminated from eastern North America by pesticide poisoning in the middle 20th century, restoration efforts have made it a regular, if still uncommon sight in many large cities.
Large falcon, medium-sized hawk.
Black mustache mark on face.
Long pointed wings.
Size: 36-49 cm (14-19 in)
Wingspan: 100-110 cm (39-43 in)
Weight: 530-1600 g (18.71-56.48 ounces)
Sexes similar in plumage. Female larger and more heavily marked.
Alarm call a loud series of harsh "kak, kak, kak."
The name "peregrine" means wanderer, and the Peregrine Falcon has one of the longest migrations of any North American bird. Tundra-nesting falcons winter in South America, and may move 25,000 km (15,500 mi) in a year. Maps of the migration of individual falcons determined by satellite telemetry can be seen at Environment Canada.
People have trained falcons for hunting for over a thousand years, and the Peregrine Falcon was always one of the most prized birds. Efforts to breed the Peregrine in captivity and reestablish populations depleted during the DDT years were greatly assisted by the existence of methods of handling captive falcons developed by falconers.
The Peregrine Falcon is a very fast flier, averaging 40-55 km/h (25-34 mph) in traveling flight, and reaching speeds up to 112 km/h (69 mph) in direct pursuit of prey. During its spectacular hunting stoop from heights of over 1 km (0.62 mi), the peregrine may reach speeds of 320 km/h (200 mph) as it drops toward its prey.
The Peregrine Falcon is one of the most widespread birds in the world. It is found on all continents except Antarctica, and on many oceanic islands.
This photo was taken at the Pacific Northwest Raptors
in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island.
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- [2011-07-17 12:54]
Very nice portrait of this Peregrine Falcon in beautiful light and colours. Excellent composition.
Fantastic capture for thi beautiful Falco!
The pose is simply fantastic.
Sharpness and colours are excellent.
Thanks for sharing
- [2011-07-17 22:31]
excellent closeup of the bird. good work. wonderful clarity.