Tuesday, February 10, 2009

New Lifer for me: Peregrine Falcon's

Here they are in their glory!! The Peregrine Falcon's that I had heard so much about finally decided to make a pit stop on the Flagship building in Worcester at about 1:30 PM this afternoon. I was on my way out of the office for coffee, when I could see a hint of white on top of the G of the logo. I squinted my eyes to see if I could make it out better and once I did, out came the camera. I believe the male is the one in the photo above.


Here are the two halfway decent photos I could get of the female. It was really tough getting good photos as they are up rather high. Next time I know where to go to get better close ups. In the last picture, it appears as if she is grooming herself?


The two of them together. I couldn't zoom much or I would have cut one of them out of the photo. The male is the one on the upper part of the F and the female is on the G.



Are they awesome or what?? I so hope they decide to nest there so I can track their progress throughout the summer. This is a lifer for me and a sweet one at that.



27 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Great pictures, Kallen... Your new camera has a great zoom, doesn't it???? I have come to the conclusion that IF I want better (closer) pictures while birding, WELL---I need a new camera. IF I can learn to use George's (which is really good), HE can buy himself a new one... SO?????

Love your Falcon...
Hugs,
Betsy

The Early Birder said...

Awesome, you bet. You have to be very pleased with your efforts to capture this 'lifer'. FAB

matthew houskeeper said...

Congratulations!!!

Chad and Brandy said...

Congrats on a new life bird. Birds of prey are so exciting to add. Keep us updated on this pair.

Mike said...

Very nice! The Peregrine Falcon is such an iconic bird... it seems like a list landmark species. Now have you added the other falcons in your area yet?

Kallen305 said...

Betsy, it has a 15 zoom and I am already itching for more. Of course I really can't do that unless I want to resort to getting a tripod and I don't know how I would be with one of those. By the time I figured out how to set up one of those things, the bird would be gone! ;o). I suggest you ahem ::clears throat::, borrow George's camera just as a test run of course.

EB, I am very pleased. Such majestic looking birds and I fell honored to have seen them.

Thanks Matt!! I have been looking for them for the past week now so this was a real treat.

Mike, I fully understand what you mean by inconic. I have been doing some reading on these falcons and they have come a long way since DDT. It is so nice to see that these wonderful birds have made a comeback. I have yet to add other falcons to my list, but I am eager to start now. ;o).

Shellmo said...

I am so happy for you that you added the Peregrine to you list! I'm so envious! You got some cute shots of them - and I do like that last photo - just seeing them in those sign letters is unique!

Steve B said...

Coool!

Kallen305 said...

Chad & Brandy, I will definately be posting updates as I get them. It is going to be a fun thing to do this summer during my lunch hours.

Shelley, isn't it cool that they are in those letters. I am telling you downtown birding can be fun. I think I am really getting into it now. Instead of branches to photograph, I have letters! ;o).

Perfectly said Steve, indeed it is. ;o)

ramblingwoods.com said...

Oh WOW...that is fantastic..

Mary said...

Definitely would be a highlight of my year. Awesome is right, Kallen!

Kelly said...

...this is so exciting. You're going to be able to film them nesting. Yeah!

Craig Glenn said...

Wow, you are on quite a roll! Congrats on the new bird. I have 6x zoom and would kill for your 15!

lol
Craig

dAwN said...

G...Congrats on your life bird....it certainly didnt take you long to find them and photgraph them.
How are your co workers reacting to your find?

madcobug said...

Congrats on getting those shots. Your camera and you did a great job on zooming in. Helen

Little Brown Job said...

Congratulation on getting shots of a Peregrine, I'd love to see one of these up close.

Paul.

A New England Life said...

What a great opportunity for you!

You know, I could never figure out why a falcon, hawk, or any regal bird like this would want to nest in the middle of the city. What are they thinking?

Jayne said...

HOW COOL Kallen!! Lucky, lucky you! Now you'll LOVE going to work each day! (tee hee hee... just kidding)

Warren and Lisa Strobel said...

Oh, you are so lucky to close enought to be able to track their progress... hopefully raising a family.

Look forward to reading more about them.

RuthieJ said...

That's pretty cool Kallen. And even better that you can see them from your office!

Rich said...

Great pictures, great story, I am very impressed with your ability to zoom in.

NCmountainwoman said...

Wonderful for you! To see a lifer and a pair at that AND to have the camera along. Nice going.

Kallen305 said...

Thanks all. I just went out to get a sandwich and they are there again (12:00PM). I took a few pictures and I am hoping they are better. I have one where one of them is spreading their wings and I am praying it looks as good as it does in the preview window when I zoom into it.

Kate St. John said...

Congratulations on your peregrines! It's so nice to have a pair to watch. As I know from personal experience they are VERY addictive. If you're unable to tear yourself away from watching them... well, there's no antidote. Welcome to the club!

Ruth said...

You have to call your blog the Office Window Birder. That first picture is excellent!

behindthebins said...

Ooooo, I'm insanely jealous of your Peregrines.

Leedra said...

Congrats on the Peregrine Falcon's.

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