Falcons

The true falcons are stocky birds with exceptionally swift flight, with long, poined wings powered by bulky breast muscles and relatively short tails. They usually kill their prey, mostly birds, in full flight, either striking them dead with a blow from the foot or else dragging them to the ground in their talons and executing them with their powerful bill. Best known is the Peregrine falcon, its maximum speed achieved from great height reaches 112 mph. The nests are most often placed in a scrape on a cliff edge, or appropriated from other birds, such as a crow or a stork, or in a tree cavity, although some other structures are now used.

Saker Falcon perched on a bar
Saker Falcon perched on a bar
Saker Falcon feeding
Saker Falcon feeding
Saker Falcon resting
Saker Falcon resting

Bird photography by Larysa Johnston






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