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Old Aug 6, 2006, 11:59 PM   #1
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I'm pretty sure this is a peregrine. Only bird that came close to matching what was in my bird book.....cheers........Don
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Old Aug 7, 2006, 12:10 AM   #2
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What a beauty . . . both the bird and the picture.

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Old Aug 7, 2006, 12:26 AM   #3
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Very nice! I know nothing aboutbirds, buttoday found Peterson Field Guides Western Birds book hanging around. I looked up the peregrine, and it does look like yours - the book specificially mentions a variety that is darker and more heavily spotted on the breast, and breeds on humid islands off of Alaska and B.C. With a photo as clear as yours, it sure looks like one!
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Old Aug 7, 2006, 12:37 AM   #4
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According to my bird book, that is indeed what it is.

Nice sharp shot.

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Excellent, how many shots did you take to get the one you liked?:|:|
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Thanks. I took about 12 shots. Sun was at 1 o'clock, so had to boost ev quite a bit..cheers....Don.

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Old Aug 7, 2006, 3:13 PM   #7
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Great photo, Kman-

You should really be proud of that one.

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Old Aug 7, 2006, 5:48 PM   #8
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Don,

Yes it is a Pergine Falcon. Great photo, they usually do not sit still. Little Pergine Falcon triva, they dive bomb thier prey at speeds of 90mph usually the target is an unsuspecting pigeon.They hit the piegon in midair and decapatiting the piegon's head.

Great shot thanks for sharing.

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Thanks Brad and Sarah. Yes, he wasn't diving when I took the flying shot, but he sure was moving! I read a little about them, and they really have an incredible diving speed like you said Brad. Pigeons wouldn't even know what hit them....Don.


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Yes it is a Pergine Falcon. Great photo, they usually do not sit still. Little Pergine Falcon triva, they dive bomb thier prey at speeds of 90mph usually the target is an unsuspecting pigeon.They hit the piegon in midair and decapatiting the piegon's head.

Great shot thanks for sharing.

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Old Aug 7, 2006, 9:36 PM   #10
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I'm thinking that might not be a peregrine, or even a falcon. It looks more like a hawk. In particular, look at the face. The falcons tend to have large black pupils that leave little if any other visible eye color. Also, the peregrines have a very distinct "mask" covering their head, almost giving the appearance of having sideburns. It's possible the bird in the picture is immature, but the eyes seem to suggest most strongly that it's not a falcon. Here's a pic on the web for reference:
http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/pgc/lib/p...ine_falcon.jpg

Here's a red tailed hawk for comparison:
http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/pgc/lib/p...ailed_hawk.jpg

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