The Travels of Tug 44

Peregrine Falcon

The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest animal on the planet, with top speeds in an attack dive clocked at 242 mph. They are a medium sized bird, about the size of a crow.   high-res

Peregrines feed mostly on other birds, which they attack in the air or on the ground. The favorite prey is Pigeons.   high-res

It looks like this Peregrine Falcon is picking his nose with his foot. Gotta keep clean, and in today's wind the feathers also need constant maintenance.   high-res

Suddenly, the bird decides it's time to go, and without warning it launches. I got lucky with this shot.   high-res

Last look at the Peregrine Falcon, the fastest critter there is. I was lucky today, this is the only one I have ever seen. They are rare on the east coast but a few have been reported around Fort Edward NY.   high-res

January 14th, 2017 - I spotted another Peregrine Falcon. This one was sitting on a pole, eating a bird it had killed. Yum, yum. :)   high-res

Look at the size of the claws! This bird is equipped for taking down large airborne prey.   high-res

Glorious! The beautiful Falcon lifts off ... in the perfect Rolls Royce hood ornament pose!   high-res

February 2, 2017 - Another Peregrine Falcon, eating lunch, a pigeon. Lunch can be a gory business at times, as seen in this and the next 3 photos. His wings are up for extra leverage while tearing off pieces.   high-res

The Pigeon body is almost consumed, so the Peregrine flips it over for a better look.   high-res

And the last yummy bit ... a Pigeon claw ... yumm!   high-res

January 2018 - This Peregrine Falcon just finished his meal of pigeon, and flies off.   high-res

The Peregrine Falcon, the fastest critter on the planet.

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