Peregrine Falcon

From 10.12

My wife and I went birding over the weekend, which is a joy on many levels. It is nice to have an interest non-work related we can share, it gives us a chance to chat more and her eyes are much better than mine. She never uses binoculars but is always pointing out birds my scanners don’t pick up. We went down to Dead Creek to look for Snow Geese, and although we saw many hundreds, they were very far away. I have a few shots of white blobs in the distance, but they are not worth sharing. My wife did spot a raptor in the tree, and when approaching imagine our luck, it was a Peregrine Falcon, once a bird on the threatened species list. When I was young I remember a poster from National Geographic (i think) of the Peregrine explaining it’s declining numbers and hopes on helping the species recover, and here it was so close. I have seen them before, but always at a distance. This bird was 30 feet from the car. The light was not great, but I think the shots came out ok, but he/she looked at me with disdain and soon flew off to go duck hunting.
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From 10.12

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26 Responses to Peregrine Falcon

  1. Mia McPherson says:

    It is always wonderful to view a Peregrine Falcon, I’m so glad they have made a come back!

  2. Laurence Butler says:

    Sharp shots Dan!

  3. TexWisGirl says:

    great sighting!

  4. Wally says:

    Nice shots of a beautiful bird! Anytime I’ve seen one he is too high and moving too fast to capture with the camera. Good job!

  5. Robert Mortensen says:

    Very cool sighting!

  6. mrsbearfoot says:

    What a privilege to see a Peregrine Falcon! We see them occasionally when we are in downtown Indianapolis (they have a nest box on one of the bank buildings).

    Visiting from Wild Bird Wednesday.

  7. Eileen says:

    Cool sighting of the Peregrine Falcon. They are great birds. Sounds like you and your wife had a nice birding outing. Have a great day!

  8. Mary Howell Cromer says:

    Wow, you two did a great job on both counts~

  9. Dave says:

    One of the worlds greatest birds…. always a priviledge to see them. You wernt hampered by the light as you captured this one perfectly

  10. Dawn (@DawnFine) says:

    Nice! We saw one this past weekend at Bluff Point..not close enough for a photo. Happy that you and your wife share the love of birds.

  11. Prairie Birder says:

    I bird I still have yet to see! Great photos, Dan.

  12. Prairie Birder says:

    I was so excited to see your photos, I didn’t read my comment thoroughly. I meant to say: A bird I have yet to see! :)

  13. Neil says:

    Nice photos of the Peregrine Falcon.

  14. Stewart M says:

    Great pictures – Its always good to bird with a second person – everybody sees more!

    Thanks for linking to WBW. I was in Oman all last week, hence the slow reply!

    Stewart M – Australia

  15. Julie G. says:

    A wonderful find! They are such handsome birds. Terrific images, dan!

  16. Kelly says:

    …great shots. Not a bird I get to see very often. You both must have been so excited to see the falcon!!

  17. Kathie says:

    Wonderful find Dan!

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