Monday, November 14, 2016

Monday Peregrine Falcon Blogging

Peregrine Falcon - Point Reyes  2016

Mike was hiking on the Abbott's Lagoon trail at Point Reyes last September when he noticed a roped-off area near the beach. Getting closer he saw that the area behind the rope was a Snowy Plover nesting area, not to be entered. So, anyway, of course he noticed plenty of footsteps inside the prohibited area. But then he also noticed a fierce-looking hawk, also inside the area. Mike got as close as he could, racked the Olympus 14-150mm zoom out as far as possible and took a number of photos.

Back at home the ID was pretty clear: a Peregrine Falcon. Wow!

One of the world's fastest birds; in power-diving from great heights to strike prey, the Peregrine may possibly reach 200 miles per hour. Regarded by falconers and biologists alike as one of the noblest and most spectacular of all birds of prey.

Bird Nesting Area - Point Reyes  2016

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