PEREGRINE FALCON


by Johan van der Walt


Peregrine Falcon
Swerfvalk (Afrikaans)
Falco peregrinus
 
The Peregrine Falcon is a magnificent raptor and I was lucky to spot this bird of prey near Pretoria recently on a birding outing. It perched for quite a while on a branch in a dead Bluegum tree and then flew away very swiftly. The Peregrine Falcon is known as the fastest bird and can reach a speed of about 320 km/h when hunting, especially with its high speed dive from high above just before striking a bird in flight.
 
 
Johan vd Walt
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