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Old May 2, 2006, 3:48 PM   #1
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I just shot this guy on Sunday in my neighbours back yard here in Edmonton.

Rare bird from what I've read

Shot with: Canon 20D, Sigma 100-300 f/4 with 1.4tc @300mm f/5.6


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Old May 2, 2006, 3:51 PM   #2
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Very nice!
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Nice shot


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Fantastic! you can really see the yellow details on him!
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Old May 2, 2006, 6:39 PM   #5
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That is a nice shot.

Just curious though.....how did you get this identified as a Peregrine Falcon?
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Old May 2, 2006, 7:21 PM   #6
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That is a nice shot.

Just curious though.....how did you get this identified as a Peregrine Falcon?
Yeah, it's a GREAT shot, and yes, It's NOT a Peregrine. Probably a Prarie Falcon, maybe a Gyrfalcon, although they would probably not be in the US at this time of year...

The Peregrine, in all it's various morphs, has a distinct "helmet."

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might be a gyrfalcon, but the coloration doesn't seem quite right. though that could be a normal variation in the species. he could be a merlin, though...

here's a gyrfalcon pic i took last year...



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and here's a peregrine. not my image, found this at www.wellwood.net.


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I'm not an expert by any means, but could it be a Coopers Hawk?
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Good guess. Since you contradicted me, I just sent a virus into your computer, and from now all all you will be able to do is play solitaire....

I took a GOOD look at what is available on the tail feathers. They do match a Prarie Falcon and DO NOT match a Coopers.

Had me scared for a bit...

But you're right we should consider the other Hawks. I am however certain that its not a Peregrine...

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