This post is part of my Island Time Series
- Speed Peregrines are the fastest raptors alive.
- Distinctive Dive They are “.. formidable hunters that prey on other birds (and bats) in mid-flight. Peregrines hunt from above and, after sighting their prey, drop into a steep, swift dive that can top 200 miles an hour.” (National Geographic)
5. Favored by Falconers The Peregrine is favored by falconers who have been training them for sport for centuries.
6. Large Habitat “Peregrine falcons are among the world’s most common birds of prey and live on all continents except Antarctica. They prefer wide-open spaces, and thrive near coasts where shorebirds are common, but they can be found everywhere from tundra to deserts. Peregrines are even known to live on bridges and skyscrapers in major cities.” (National Geographic)
7. Migration While Peregrines range as far as 15,500 miles, they return to nest in areas where their families of nested for hundreds of years.
8. Diet & Home ” While its diet consists almost exclusively of medium-sized birds, the peregrine will occasionally hunt small mammals, small reptiles, or even insects. Reaching sexual maturity at one year, it mates for life and nests in a scrape, normally on cliff edges or, in recent times, on tall human-made structures.” (Wikipedia)
9. Growing Population “The birds have rebounded strongly since the use of DDT and other chemical pesticides [1970s] was curtailed. Captive breeding programs have also helped to boost the bird’s numbers in the U.S. and Canada. Now populations are strong in those nations, and in some parts of the globe, there actually may be more peregrines than existed before the 20th-century decline.” (National Geographic)
10. If you are ever lucky enough to see a Peregrine Falcon, you will never forget the experience. They are truly majestic.
Check out this video clip for more information about this amazing raptor.
Why am I talking about falcons?
I write stories set in the Pacific Northwest, and my characters are shaped by their environment. So … I decided to write a series of posts about the west coast.
And btw, Sanjay Kahn, the warlock in The Perfect Brew has a peregrine falcon for a familiar.
The Island Time Series
Posts in this series will be published on every other Wednesday.
Next time, I plan to talk about the coastal mountains.