Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Preening Peregrines

Down by the riverside (oops, that’s a song) there’s a tree favored by a pair of peregrine falcons that’s appeared in several earlier posts. On an absolutely beautiful day: cool bordering on cold, no wind, cloudless blue sky and crystal clear air I walked along the river and found the pair of falcons in “their” tree.

Here they are, the female on the left and the smaller, paler male on the right –

They both posed nicely, although I wished they’d been much closer together –

Can you tell which is which? The answer is at the end of the post.

Although I’ve gotten a few photographs of a peregrine taking off or in flight, those were always a happy accident while I was concentrating on taking photos of a perched bird. On this day my goal was to get some photographs of one of the birds on the wing. So I set up the camera and settled down to wait for one or both to leave their perches.

They looked around, and looked around, and looked around –

As I waited both birds commenced to take care of their feathers by preening –

The female also scratched a few times, offering a view of her foot, the specie's
feet earned it the long-ago name of “large-footed falcon”.

The female bobbed her head repeatedly and seemed to concentrate on something these mere human eyes couldn’t see. But after a while she settled down and went beck to preening. Patience is not my strong-suit, so after almost an hour it was time to move on.

The female is on the left in the photograph, the male is on the right.



  1. Wow, awesome sighting of the pair of Peregrine Falcons. Great photos.
    Thank you for linking up and sharing your post! Take care, have a happy weekend!

  2. I guessed right but we have the Kestrels here that look similar. It's so nice to have birds post for so long. I never want to walk away!


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