I Found This Peregrine Falcon on the Cliffs in Rancho Palos Verdes, California

I Found This Peregrine Falcon on the Cliffs in Rancho Palos Verdes, California


Peregrine Falcon

If you’re looking for this falcon, just take a drive down to Rancho Palos Verdes in California. Go to the Point Vicente Interpreative Center and take a look down over the cliffs and you should see a pair of Peregrine Falcons flying around. The center is a great place for birding. Each time I go I see the Falcon as well as a few species of seabirds since I am right on the ocean. Here you will also see volunteers looking each day for whales, they’ll do a daily count of the whales that pass by. 

The Peregrine Falcon is a large and powerful bird that can reach speeds of well over 100 mph when its diving for it’s prey. They are one of the world’s fastest birds. It will often hunt by flying very high then diving down to strike their prey out of the air! Other birds especially pigeons are the favored prey for the city falcons, while ducks and shorebirds are what the coastal falcons favor.

This Falcon may mate for life. Usually they will nest on cliffs, but due to limited availability of nesting sites and prey they’ll often relocate into cities. Building ledges make for great nesting sites and there are plenty of pigeons around… The Peregrine Falcon can be found on all six continents, but not often seen. Due to the use of pesticides during the 1940s-1970s there was widespread failure to reproduce for this falcon. They all but disappeared from their former breeding range. Luckily,  due to conservationists helping to ban the use of bad pesticides in North America, the Peregrine Falcon has been reintroduced into many areas and their population has become stable or possibly increasing! This bird is considered one of the noblest and most spectacular of all the birds of prey!

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