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Peregrine Falcon by Faunamelitensis Peregrine Falcon by Faunamelitensis
Photo: Arnold Sciberras
Scientific name: Falco peregrinus
Maltese name: Bies
Occurrence locally: Scarce, passage migrant in small numbers. a rare breeding bird on local cliffs.
Diet: dove or duck sized birds
other info: 40-50cm in length, 95-115 cm wingspan. Formerly resident and it was a regular breeding bird. the subspecies brookei, a.k.a Maltese Falcon or Mediterranean peregrine falcon, breeds regularly in the Mediterranean. a cosmopolitan species, which consists of 19 recognized subspecies worldwide. Renowned for its swiftness and strength, catching prey in mid-air, probably the fastest bird of prey, reaching more than 180 km per hour. sexes are similar.
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maximumrach Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Student Photographer
Nice :) I love photographing birds, but mostly the ones I can get shots of are regular wild ones around my house and neighborhood...I haven't traveled abroad yet, unfortunately. :P
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Faunamelitensis Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
regular wild ones are fun to watch too!
i'm glad you like this one
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maximumrach Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Student Photographer
Wild ones are very shy, though...Seems to me the larger the birds get, the less shy they are. Would you agree? I've been 10 feet away from a wild red-tailed hawk (without my camera of course xP) and it didn't seem afraid, yet the sparrows won't land on the birdfeeder in my backyard unless I'm 30 feet away at least. XD
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Faunamelitensis Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
there is such tendency, even here
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maximumrach Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Student Photographer
That's not a surprise..I think birds of different generations, so to speak, have adapted themselves to life around humans and have learned to be more wary. However, in city areas, animals almost always seem to be friendlier because so many people give/drop food for them. Who knows. Anyway, again, great photo. ^.^
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Faunamelitensis Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
indeed so i agree with you
thanks :)
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maximumrach Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Student Photographer
You're welcome ^.^
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doxiequeen1 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow amazing shot n_n could you possible allow me to draw this? I don't plan on stealing the photo or anything just need something for a realistic marker work and this would be perfect XD
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Faunamelitensis Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
as long as you credit me, i will be fine :)
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doxiequeen1 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hehe YAY will do :D thankyouz :)
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Faunamelitensis Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
can you send me a copy of the drawing once you're finished from it?
you're welcome
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doxiequeen1 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
of course :)
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Faunamelitensis Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
thanks :D
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drakadraconum Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
you are lucky to have catpured such a great shot
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Faunamelitensis Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
thanks, you have to be super fast with these birds
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ForgivenDreamSoul Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
:sun: :rose: Your amazing work is featured in my journal -->> [link] =)

:pray: ALWAYS!!! I wish you the best!!! :rose: :sun: :heart:
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Faunamelitensis Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
Yay :)
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YiansiRoo Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
What an amaaazing photograph!!! :D Its a shame its a tadge blurry :( But its still amazing cause those birds are simply FOR THE WIN XD i dont know much about birds of prey unfortunately, im more informed about scavenging birds for some reason :P i know more stuff about vultures. We have more vultures rather than birds of prey. Only little hawks. We have plenty of birds of prey in mainland though. Im looking forward to going to a very well known birdwatching forest in mainland :3
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Faunamelitensis Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010
thanks :)
well we don't have a lot of birds of prey species either, most of which are migratory, and we don't have any vultures, except for those very few records.
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YiansiRoo Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! no vultures ??? Im glad we have them :3 and i actually met a free baby by accident some months back and i was sooooo shocked and amazed and excited cause they are sooo handsomely HUUUGE!!! XD XD XD if i remember well you had favourited the gtiffon vulture photos :S I <3 it :3
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Faunamelitensis Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
i guess we're to small to have them :D
i thing i did
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YiansiRoo Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:3
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Daniel-Briffa Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
Looks lovely!
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Faunamelitensis Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010
indeed, thanks, i was lucky with this shot :)
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Sternenstaubfinger Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Hobbyist
Great shot! I love birds of prey. They are so elegant in mid-air. Watching them catching prey is fascinating.
This one looks like if it's captured some prey. Its wings are spread this way. Did it?
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Faunamelitensis Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010
thanks, i'm glad you like it :)
no, it was actually about to fly away, i was lucky to have taken a shot of it! it's so fast!!!
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polkadotkat Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
Peregrine Falcons are one of my favorite birds. They are so amazing to watch in flight and work with. Beautiful shot!
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Faunamelitensis Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010
thanks! i was very lucky to have taken this shot! it was about to fly away!
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polkadotkat Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010
Well good job!
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Faunamelitensis Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010
thanks :)
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bomracer Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
OMG what an incredible shot!! Love it!
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Faunamelitensis Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
thank you very much :)
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painting-with-light Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
Nice :)
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Faunamelitensis Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
thanks :)
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