Monday, October 25, 2010

Today's Photos - Peregrine Falcon





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9 comments:

dAwN said...

Wonderful photos! :)

MikeyBoy50 said...

Real nice shots of the Falson, Andrew

Megan Prelinger said...

This bird looks like it is having trouble with it's waterproofing. If it becomes waterlogged and stranded, be sure to get it to an aquatic bird rehabilitator who can re-waterproof it.

BIRDINGDUDE said...
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BIRDINGDUDE said...

@Megan - Please be assured, that this bird was in no trouble at all. It was taking a bath when we came upon it. I do appreciate your concerns for wildlife as we all should.

BIRDINGDUDE said...

@Dawn and MikeyBoy50 - thank you both for the kind comments.

D. Luckins said...

Those are neat. Falcons are just starting to come inland a little where I live. On the good side, the Cooper's hawk has been keeping all the birds in good shape, so hopefully all my killdeer, duck and pigeon friends will do OK.

On the bad side, we have 9 juvenile killdeer and some juvenile yellowlegs that have never dealt with a falcon before. :(

BIRDINGDUDE said...

@ D. Luckins - Hi thanks for the visit. Peregrine Falcons are one of the most feared hunters of birds.

Your Juvenile Killdeers and Yellowlegs will have their work cut out for them. I hope they all survive.

If you have been a regular reader, you would know that I love shorebirds and this summer I spent a considerable studying them.

In one unforgettable scenario, I had a Dunlin picked off right in front of me by a Peregrine Falcon. That incident, ruined what was a really enjoyable afternoon. Yes, the Peregrine had to eat and yes, it is nature "raw", but I would have preferred that the victim not be a shorebird and not in front of me.

D. Luckins said...

Yes, I remembered you saying that about the dunlin. Do you also post on Flickr? I think I commented about a dunlin photo there not too long ago, but I don't know if you were the same guy who took that photo.

I hope my little killdeer babies survive. Luckily, the falcons don't stay long and most killdeer will survive, if not all. We have "anciently old" killdeer in the area that are very smart. I don't think the falcons like to stay in the area long because there aren't any really high perches for them to drop down to gain their super fast speeds like there are on the coast.