Falco peregrinus

I went to see the Rousseau exhibition at Tate Modern today (on which possibly more later) and finally saw one of the resident peregrine falcons. Woohoo! It’s the world’s fastest-falling bird, you know.

7 Comments

  1. Harry
    23 January 2006 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    217mph, since you ask. That’s 350kph if you prefer metric.

  2. Rachel Bunting
    24 January 2006 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    We’ve some nesting not far from where I live. My brother (who now lives on the other side of the country) used to go see them every weekend.

  3. Harry
    24 January 2006 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    They’re pretty fab birds. I’ve seen them before elsewhere, but it’s the first time I’ve seen them in central London. They’re only been there for about five years.

  4. Rachel Bunting
    25 January 2006 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Have you seen one in a dive? Amazing to watch.

  5. Harry
    25 January 2006 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    No, I haven’t. :(

    I’ve seen a toucan hawking for termites, though, which makes up for a lot.

  6. Rachel Bunting
    26 January 2006 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Yes. Now I’m jealous. Are they as pretty in real life as they look in pictures? (silly questions, I know)

  7. Harry
    26 January 2006 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    They certainly are.

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