Peregrine Falcon

January 17, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Peregrine FalconPeregrine FalconPeregrine Falcon - a Stunning Portrait!

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Falco peregrinus

An award winning 32" x 25"

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For $535.00

Once I confirmed there was a nesting pair of Peregrine Falcons at the Stateline Overlook off the Palisades Parkway, I made plans to go up there as soon as I possibly could.

On July 5th, 2020 I was able to do so.

Peregrine Falcons are the fastest birds there are - actually, they are THE fastest animal on the planet! Able to tuck and dive at speeds of 180 to 250 mph with deadly agility and accuracy, they capture their prey - other birds like doves in NYC - in flight before they even knew what hit them!

As accurate as they are, they are only successful 20% of the time. It's not so easy out in the wild.

This falcon pair roost at this location on branches sticking out over the cliffs. One perch has been 'named' the most famous perch in the world. It certainly has been photographed a LOT almost every day of the year by many photographers.

As I drove down the road into the Stateline Overlook parking lot, I noticed 3 or 4r photographers along the road. I parked and then walked back to join them, and we were all treated to this adult Peregrine out on a branch posing, preening, and waiting for that perfect opportunity to go grab some dinner.

These Peregrines seem to be too habituated to humans, knowing full well no relatively clumsy human would dare climb out over the cliffs; and even if anyone was that crazy to try, the falcons could easily just fly away. They just don't seem to care that much about all these photographers snapping away, although they give everyone a 'who you lookin' at' eye-full quite often.

I captured this stunning portrait at 1/2000th of a second and at 600 mm even though I was only about 50' to 70' away from this gorgeous Peregrine Falcon. Why 1/2000th of a second?

First, there was enough soft daylight to allow me to do so even at 7 PM because it was early July. 

I also wanted to be ready in case it decided to fly away.

Of course, it did fly away and far too quickly for me or anyone else to capture it doing so. It just dropped down off the cliff in full tuck position insanely quickly.

However, I did capture several other images, including these two...

Peregrine Juveniles FightingPeregrine Juveniles FightingOne Peregrine Juvenile was calmly on this perch when all of sudden it's sibling came swooping in with some attitude.

'Kids will be Kids'

A Peregrine Falcon Juvenile 'attacking' it's sibling.

Peregrine Falcon OverheadPeregrine Falcon OverheadSeeing these amazing, beautiful birds in flight overhead was amazing.

'Peregrine Falcon Flying Overhead'
More stunning Peregrine Falcon images are in my Gallery on my website:

www.davidandersonward.com/Falcons

This stunning Peregrine Falcon Portrait is available as a

32" x 25" HD Matte Metal for $535.00.

This will make a stunning statement in any home or office.

I personally think Peregrines are the most attractive raptors. Bald Eagles are regal for sure and our national bird. Ospreys are master, determined hunters. Hawks are simply amazing and beautiful, too. But Peregrine Falcons just have it all together in my humble opinion.

As with any image, these are available in various sizes for your specific needs. 

The Peregrine Falcon Portrait, at this cropping, is available from as small as

12" X 9" For $134.00

Up to 51.75" x 40" For $1,554.00

At this size people it would be super impressive and it would blown them away for sure.

There is a little room to alter the cropping, if desired, but not by that much.

And yes, you read that correctly, the photo lab I use can and will cut the Chromaluxe Aluminum to whatever dimension I request - no problem. And I can get custom wood frames in any dimension, too.

This HD Matte Metal, framed or not, is THE best way to enlarge images.

How can I help you? Just give me a call at

908-240-7484


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