01/21/16 Urban Peregrine Falcon

Posted: February 6, 2016 in Uncategorized

Early morning I headed up to Hudson County to search for a snowy owl that had been spotted there. It was a bitter cold day. After several hours with no success, I came upon several bird carcasses which I thought were left by the snowy. I decided to hang around and see what happened. Sitting in my car, I happened to look up and this female peregrine falcon was sitting proud on the roof of a warehouse across the street. I realized, this is the falcon’s territory and not the Snowy’s. Not long after, I has the pleasure to witness the hunt. She soared down and snatched a small bird right out of the air.  I was lucky enough to get some shots in flight after she returned and hovered almost directly above. The snowy owls have been elusive this year, but I have had the fortune to see several peregrine falcons.

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  1. Ken Curtis says:

    Wonderful shots, Ray. Very clear. Hope you find the snowy.

  2. Glenn says:

    Majestically done, Ray!

  3. Thrilling, Ray. The nobility of these birds! You are in the right place at the right time! I am finishing H is for Hawk, which receives profound praise all over the place — about a woman who trains a goshawk — think of you often as I read of her falconry experiences (not only the gos) — suggest you order this for the days when you can’t get out there among the winged miracles. Best always, c

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