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Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-02-11 14:05
Viewed: 4220
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 28
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This photo was taken at the Coyote Point Museum

Peregrine Falcon
Falco peregrinus

Faucon pèlerin (French)
Halcón peregrino (Spanish)
Duck Hawk (English)

Powerful and fast-flying, the Peregrine Falcon hunts medium-sized birds, dropping down on them from high above in a spectacular stoop. Virtually exterminated from eastern North America by pesticide poisoning in the middle 20th century, restoration efforts have made it a regular, if still uncommon sight in many large cities.

Large falcon, medium-sized hawk.
Black mustache mark on face.
Long pointed wings.
Size: 36-49 cm (14-19 in)
Wingspan: 100-110 cm (39-43 in)
Weight: 530-1600 g (18.71-56.48 ounces)

Sex Differences
Sexes similar in plumage. Female larger and more heavily marked.

Alarm call a loud series of harsh "kak, kak, kak."

Cool Facts
The name "peregrine" means wanderer, and the Peregrine Falcon has one of the longest migrations of any North American bird. Tundra-nesting falcons winter in South America, and may move 25,000 km (15,500 mi) in a year. Maps of the migration of individual falcons determined by satellite telemetry can be seen at Environment Canada.
People have trained falcons for hunting for over a thousand years, and the Peregrine Falcon was always one of the most prized birds. Efforts to breed the Peregrine in captivity and reestablish populations depleted during the DDT years were greatly assisted by the existence of methods of handling captive falcons developed by falconers.
The Peregrine Falcon is a very fast flier, averaging 40-55 km/h (25-34 mph) in traveling flight, and reaching speeds up to 112 km/h (69 mph) in direct pursuit of prey. During its spectacular hunting stoop from heights of over 1 km (0.62 mi), the peregrine may reach speeds of 320 km/h (200 mph) as it drops toward its prey.
The Peregrine Falcon is one of the most widespread birds in the world. It is found on all continents except Antarctica, and on many oceanic islands.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-02-11 14:27]

Hello Manyee!
Wonderful capture.Details are crisp clear and razorsharp.I liked colors,POV,dark BG and pose of
falcon a lot.TFS...:-)

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-02-11 15:09]

Bonjour Manyee!

Superbe portraot de cette oiseau de proie.Les détails du plumage esont bon et l'éclairage fait bien ressortir les couleurs.




Elegance incarnate! The partial view of this regal bird draws attention to its beautiful head with those sharp eyes and the hunter's formidable beak.
I would be curious to look at its talons too.

Hello Manyee
I love this shot.
It is so sharp and clear.
Good POV and BG

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  • samos Gold Star Critiquer [C: 79 W: 4 N: 2] (39)
  • [2006-02-11 16:57]

Hello Manyee very beautiful shot wonterful photo the sharpness colours POV are excellent very good work thanks have a nice weekend regards Stavros

Hi Manyee,
An outstanding portrait on this Peregrine Falcon! I thinks the composition and framing on this are perfect. The exposure looks excellent with good colors, dark backround, and nice catch light in the eye. Great shot!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-02-11 19:08]

Hi Manyee,

Well done on the capture and composition.


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-02-11 23:38]

Excellent photo. Perfect composition. The black BG and the spark in the eye add a plus value to the Falcon. To not have OE area on whites is an exploit in itself. I could not have done better with my S2 IS. This is one of your best, IMHO.
Thank you ManYee.

p.s.: I appreciate your effort for to have written to me entirely in French, mon amie!

Congrats for this brilliant picture Manyee.
I love it. Fantastic photo, very good capture here, exellent sharpness, details and POV. Wonderful colours/lighting and excellent note too. This are ten points my friend.
Thank you. I wish you a nice sunday and a great week.

Very nice pose/POV and well seen from the BG ManYee. Excellent color, exposure & sharp details. Well done! Thank You mf.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-02-13 10:44]

Good picture of that Falcon, Manyee. It's standing out beautifully against the dark background. Very good sharpness and and very dramatic lighting. Thanks,


Very interesting capture Manyee. The falcon is nice and sharp with very natural colours and the dark background concetrate the eyes on the falcon. OK, I see that this one would never fly awya before you finished your shooting;-). Did you know that this falcon is the fastest animal on earth - in a dive it can reach near 300 km/h.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-02-18 15:59]

Hi Manyee,
Fantastic shot on this beautiful falcon with nice pose,
excellent sharpness and clear details,
great background and nicely framed.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-08-27 22:55]

Hello Manyee,

Wonderful picture of this falcon! Il like the natural color and the black bg enhancing the bird! I like also the little spark in its eye! Congratulations and TFS,!


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