The Deadly Skies

Amazing how fast this month went. Seems like days ago when I was relaxing by the pool with a smugness born out of knowing I had successfully made it to the standard post quota for another month. Add in a healthy dose of training runs, a local birding run, an out of state birding vacation and an agility dog show we find ourselves right back in the fire trying to closing it out. The good news is I have plenty of fodder to choose from these days having done some overtime in the digital darkroom. If you thought the last post was fresh, this set of pictures still has the chemicals dripping off them.

Peregrine Falcon spotted in Bellevue Iowa Locks July 14th, 2017

First off, a bit of an apology. This set of pictures is not my best work. Even with The Beast (200-400mm) I was barely able to reach the subject. The fact it is good enough to even tell it is a bird is amazing in itself. However, I was not going to leave without getting something to verify my new +.5 encounter. Hopefully, you are in agreement that the shots that were obtained are sufficient enough to ID this deadly feathered predator as a Peregrine Falcon. Technically this isn’t the first time a Peregrine has appeared on the blog so giving myself just a .5 instead of a whole 1. While closing out a Yellowstone trip back in February of 2016 (link here), I added a single shot of a bird and asked for verification of whether it was a juvenile Peregrine. My brother Ron did provide feedback confirming the juvenile. Now I officially have the adult version producing the full +1 yeah!

Peregrine Falcon spotted in Bellevue Iowa Locks July 14th, 2017

Hit the jump to read a bit more about this deadly bird

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