Stay off the cliffs, unless your name is Falcon.

by Lanny McDowell on October 2, 2008

 Thursday morning, 10/2, at the Gay Head cliffs in Aquinnah, wind blowing strong out of the WSW.  In my opinion there were two kinds of birds there:  falcons and Black Poll Warblers.  I was impressed that a number of warblers in the flight headed out into the wind for Cuttyhunk and beyond.  Amazing, given the prevalence of cruising raptors.

 

 Everybody knows the falcon is probably not going to eat the Turkey Vulture.  The vulture really cannot afford to take this to heart as a certainty.  Gross tonnage does not rule the air waves.

 

 

 It’s basic: speed and accuracy.

 

 

 Grin on grin.

 

 If you are a bird and are close enough to see a Peregrine like this, you should refile your flight plan.

 

 

 

 This is a Peregrine’s version of tiptoeing.

 

Sometimes it’s better to be a bystander than lunch.

 

The local Red-taileds do not often concede  home turf to ruffian interlopers, but three Peregines today and a smattering of Merlins made the skies a bit crowded.

 

Birds are cool!  Lanny

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Julie Roads 10.03.08 at 9:27 am

Those pictures are amazing. You’re a genius.

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