“The Peregrine Falcon has made an appearance and I happened to be ready with a telephoto lens,” wrote Jake Sigal.
“The falcon landed on my fire escape [at 106th and West End], at first it flew away, but returned 15 minutes later. It groomed itself for a few minutes while occasionally glancing up at me as I took photos. At one point it was startled by it’s own feather.”
Correction: Jake says it’s actually a falcon. He initially thought that it was a hawk.
Awesome! As long as you’re not it’s prey.
Great photos! Can Sidney Greenstreet be far behind?
So great to see this. Can I borrow it to scare the rock pidgins in my air shaft? (just kidding)
Great sequence!…as Mr./Miss Peregrine prepped for that final proud pose!!
Gorgeous! Thanks for this.
It turns out this was very similar to the female Red Tailed Hawk that visited a year ago. I was informed by a colleague of mine who is a Hawk expert of my mistake. In her own words “Peregrines can be identified up-close by the hood pattern on the face. The bird in your photos looks like a subadult male, as there is a mixture of brown and gray feathers on his wings.”
Stunning photo. Kudos to Jake.
Fun excellent photos!! I was surprised that a peregrine found in NYC did not have any leg bands, so I asked a friend who monitors and assists in banding chicks from the peregrine nests around NYC. She said that this is what’s referred to as an after hatch year (AHY – hatched in 2016) bird and that it is probably a migrant that might be looking for territory.