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Peregrine Chicks

Peregrine Chicks
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Copyright: Lindsay Cooke (cookie10) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 44] (492)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark 111, Canon EF 500 f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-09 15:05
Viewed: 3405
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
To prepare a nest site, peregrine falcons do little more than scrape a space big enough for their eggs. Peregrines prefer high cliff edges as nest sites or occasionally tree hollows or disused stick nests of other birds. Cliff edges provide safe locations and excellent vantage points to watch for prey. Peregrines also nest on artificial “cliffs” created by window ledges on high-rise buildings in the centres of cities.

Peregrines nest between August and November with females usually laying two to three eggs (rarely four). They have an incubation period of 33 days with the young emerging over two to three days. The young then spend another 39 days in the nest before they are fully fledged but still remain dependent on parents until they learn their hunting skills. One brood was recorded as becoming independent when they were four to five months old.

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Oh... This is a rare capture of a precious bird. How could you get so close??? The region where I live is on its way to be declared a sanctuary for the Peregrine Falcon that nest on one cliff of the mountain. I have seen one only once but it happened so fast that I barely knew that it was a Falcon :) They have the speed flying record. Some climbers used to go near their nest but now it is strictly forbidden and this area has been close to the public.

This is a beautiful picture of an unusual moment. Thanks,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-11-09 17:41]
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Hi Lindsay, thank you to share such a beautiful picture, look at those fluffy dirty little things! I like the movement of the bird at the back and the one up front standing like a hero. I love this picture and your gallery is great as well. You share with us a fauna we are not used to see and I love it! Thank you very much, Lindsay,


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