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Little Falcon


Little Falcon
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Copyright: Louise Fahy (loufah) (35)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-19
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Europe, Birds of Europe II, Birds of Prey [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-22 10:18
Viewed: 4241
Points: 0
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Little falcon at a bird sanctuary in the UK.

Adult falcons have thin tapered wings, which enable them to fly at high speed and to change direction rapidly. Fledgling falcons, in their first year of flying, have longer flight feathers which makes their configuration more like that of a general-purpose bird such as a broadwing. This is to make it easier for them to fly while learning the exceptional skills required to be effective hunters in their adult configuration. A falcon's wings are shaped like a scythe. Common misconceptions of the difference of a scythe and sickle are the cause of the misconception of the shape of the falcon's wings.

Peregrine Falcons have been recorded diving at speeds of 200 miles per hour (322 km/hr), making them the fastest-moving creatures on Earth. Some small falcons with long narrow wings are called hobbies, and some which hover while hunting are called kestrels. The falcons are part of the family Falconidae, which also includes the caracaras, Laughing Falcon, forest falcons, and falconets.

Copyright © – Louise Fahy. The reproduction, publication, modification, transmission or exploitation of any work contained herein for any use, personal or commercial, without Louise Fahy’s prior written permission is strictly prohibited. All rights reserved.


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