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Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon

One of the blessings given by Mother Nature had been this sighting. Thanks to the farsightedness of our capable driver cum guide. From a distance, he spotted this rafter grounded near the pole. With almost a speed of 100 -120 in no time, we assumed that we are having a ride of a Ferrari on the open highway… He was right… this majestic was grounded and was munching on something.

With our driver trying to get the perfect angle of light with the sun setting, this rafter flew and to our luck sat on the pole. Icing on the cake as this rafter was exactly on the eye level sitting in the gypsy. Ahaa!! The eyes were glued to the view finder and so was the index finger on to the click button. Almost full frame, we could manage to click good snaps in “golden evening sunlight” as if everything along with our luck was turning into Gold…

The Peregrine Falcon is a widespread bird of prey in the family Falconidae. It has blue-gray back, barred white under-parts, and a black head and "moustache". Typical of bird-eating raptors, Peregrine Falcons are sexually dimorphic, with females being considerably larger than males. The Peregrine is renowned for its speed, reaching speeds of over 325 km/h (202 mph) during its characteristic hunting stoop, making it the fastest member of the animal kingdom.

The Peregrine's breeding range includes land regions and can be found nearly everywhere on Earth, except extreme polar regions, very high mountains, and most tropical rainforests. This makes it the world's most widespread bird of prey.

While its diet consists almost exclusively of medium-sized birds, the Peregrine will occasionally hunt small mammals, small reptiles, or even insects. Reaching sexual maturity at one year, it mates for life and nests normally on cliff edges or, in recent times, on tall human-made structures.

The Peregrine Falcon has a body length of 34 to 58 centimeters (13–23 in) and a wingspan of around 80 to 120 centimeters (31–47 in). The male and female have similar markings and plumage, but as in many birds of prey the Peregrine Falcon displays marked reverse sexual dimorphism in size, with the female measuring up to 30 percent larger than the male.

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