October 31, 2015

We saw this young peregrine while boating on Sunday. He was on a sandbar in the middle of the bay and was busy grooming.

He got up and spooked the birds in the area including a gull.

Falco peregrinus

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. source - Cornell Lab or Ornithology.

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