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Gyrfalcon and Peregrine Falcons at New Brighton Park

Posted by birder on Monday, February 18, 2013
Today, February 17th 2013, I went out to New Brighton Park to try to see the Gyrfalcon that has been in that area. I waited for a long time, with no luck. There were Mallards, over 700 Rock Pigeons, tons of Gulls, and this Cooper's Hawk:

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Seeing the Cooper's Hawk was satisfying, but I still really wanted to see the Gyrfalcon. I waited for a while longer, and then some moment caught my eye. The Rock Pigeons had all taken flight. I looked through the flying pigeons and picked out three non-pigeons. Two Peregrine Falcons, and the Gyrfalcon I had been hoping for! It turned out the falcons were not interested in the pigeons. Instead, the Peregrine Falcons only wanted to dive at the much larger Gyrfalcon. I took many photos:

Peregrine Falcons with Rock Pigeons
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Peregrines and the Gyrfalcon:

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This one shows the size difference of the Gyrfalcon and the Peregrine Falcon (the larger bird is the Gyrfalcon)
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The Gyrfalcon by itself:

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I had a fantastic time watching the falcons! It was an experience I will not forget. :)



 

 

 

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