The peregrine

Over the last few days of stagnant, lingering southerly winds, I re-read JA Baker's The Peregrine.

Then today,  I saw one hunting from my balcony.

I think it may be the juvenile that over-wintered last year, taking up residence on the Hudson Tea building, which has a steady supply of ring-billed gulls and pigeons.

I won't try to describe it.

The only person who has done justice to this bird in prose is JA Baker, so I'd just urge you to read his book.

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I work in NYC and own a wildlife and wilderness agency specializing in the southern cone of South America. I still do some guiding down there, especially looking for Fuegian and Patagonian avifauna. I'm particularly interested in the wintering ecology of neotropical migrants, and in avian biogeography in general. You can follow me at - @domhall And find me at - AventuraArgentina.com