The world’s fastest bird

The Peregrine Falcon is the world’s fastest bird. Stooping birds can reach speeds in excess of 300 km/hr, while in level flight they exude power and grace.

Peregrine Falcons have a global distribution, occurring on all continents except Antarctica. They almost exclusively feed on birds, caught on the wing. We have small number of pairs locally and every encounter with this incredible raptor is etched into my memory.

Peregrine Falcon, Newstead area, 28th September 2018

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3 responses to “The world’s fastest bird

  1. Clodagh M Norwood

    Geoff, Your photos and commentary reminded me of a sighting I had of a Peregrine Falcon in Stewart St, Brunswick in the 1990’s. I was driving towards Sydney Rd when suddenly a falcon swooped across the bonnet of the car and nabbed a pigeon. He/she took it up to the tram line in Sydney Rd and proceeded to butcher it.
    When I returned an hour or two later, they were still there, though the pigeon by then quite unrecognisable.
    I have just checked the internet for the Collins St pair and see there are 4 eggs in the nest as of September 13th.
    Thanks for the endlessly interesting photos and to Patrick and Frances too.

  2. Amazing birds aren’t they
    Thanks Geoff

  3. Great photos Geoff. I saw one of these birds in action at Wilsons Prom.

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