11/28/16 Peregrine Falcons

Posted: April 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

There is a pair of Peregrine Falcons that live on the cliffs of the Palisades high above the Hudson River in New Jersey. The Peregrine is the fastest animal in the world, achieving speeds over 200 mph on their hunting dives called “stoops”. I watched them dive bomb a bald eagle that was just cruising up the Hudson. Later in the day, the same attack on a young red-tailed hawk. They constantly defend their territory. It’s amazing to see them fly at such high speeds. These images are a compilation of three visits.

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Beginning the “stoop”.

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The young red-tailed hawk, exhausted after the battle.

  1. Glenn says:

    Fascinating photos, of a fascinating predator!

  2. Ken Curtis says:

    Terrific set of images, Ray.

  3. Masterful, Ray, thank you! Do you know that peregrinations are wanderings, two of my favorite words. A delight to wander with your heroes, here. c

  4. Vicki DeVico says:

    Ray, it’s hard to pick a favorite, but the first and third ones are definite contenders. These are stunning!

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