Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Executioner's Roost

This morning I finished reading The Peregrine by J.A.Baker.  It is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it to any one interested in birds, and more precisely, in reading about and seeing birds in a new way.  Baker writes in very strong, original language about the falcons he stalks and studies obsessively for 10 years near his home in the English countryside.  It has inspired me to write this blog, and find a peregrine of my own to watch and photograph.
And so I went down to the Casco Bay bridge where I have seen peregrines before as I was driving across.  It wasn't long before I found what I had come for.  I watched this bird for about 45 minutes before it flew off to join a 2nd peregrine on an electrical tower.  This bird paced almost parrot-like along the I-beam flange, with slow, awkward steps and hunched back.

Peregrine Falcon

massive strong legs

Great Black-backed Gull

Purple Sandpiper
I nearly stepped on these birds as I was walking on the rocks at Kettle Cove.  Four of them were huddled and almost invisible on the grey ledge.  I moved off a bit. and got some great photographs.  They went back to sleep as I stood a few feet away.

notice the purple iridescence on its back


  1. Glad you enjoyed the book - and welcome to the wonderful world of bloggery! You are off to a great start.