Zak Rudy recently photographed a Peregrine Falcon near his home in Timber Cove. Here's his story:
Zak Rudy wrote, “It’s been months to get a good photo. This one was almost by chance rather than intention, as most of the best shots do come. This is a male Peregrine Falcon waiting for his female. They’ve been having their courtship in my back woods off Timber Cove Road. Unconcerned with the flock of chickens literally below him, blinded perhaps by desire!”
To hear the call of a Peregrine, here is a link to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/peregrine_falcon/sounds
There are many fun facts on the site, including the fact that Peregrine means wanderer. Peregrines have one of the longest migrations of any North American bird. Some travel more than 15,000 miles in one year! And nary a frequent flyer reward to be found.
Thanks to Zak for allowing me to share his photo with you here.