25195 false true true false true true false auto false ease-in-out 300 auto false 0 true true“What are you guys photographing?”, I called out to a woman and man standing next to their tripod mounted cameras. They were positioned near the fenced edge of a precipice which led to the rocky shore below. “We’re taking pictures of peregrines.”, shouted the man. His companion quickly rebuked, “Shhhh! You all need to be quiet. I’m taking a video.” My eyes followed her camera’s long-focus lens to a towering rock face, dotted with crevices and lined with cracks, at least 70 meters away. She observed my curiosity and immediately softened her tone, “Come take a look into my camera. They’re nesting inside that triangular shaped hole.” Peering into the camera’s view-sight, I recognized the onyx gem-like eyes and mottled feathers of peregrines. A nest of young peregrine falcons were crying out for their mother as she hunted for food. “I can email you some pics if you want.”, the woman said. “Sure.”, I responded and typed my email address in her phone before continuing my trek on Devil’s Slide Trail.
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The peregrine falcon, once endangered due to pesticides, is an impressive creature and the fastest animal in the world with a recorded maximum speed dive of 242 mph.
Devil’s Slide Trail, Peregrines