Jordan Lake! Peregrine Falcon!! This speedy bird came off of the Ebenezer Beach area and it was heading south down the lake. I saw it and caught seven rapid fire shots of it. And the bird was gone. It was not even doing its famed 200 mph hunting speed. The falcon was only cruising as it went past. I don’t usually see peregrine falcons at the lake until December. So wondering why this one showed up this early. Sure hope you enjoy the speedster!

The peregrine found me and my friend today and gave us a very, very quick look at him as he flashed past.
His patterns were stark against the very grey sky.


The peregrine falcon was up early chasing breakfast.

He made several extremely fast dashes but I didn’t see him catch anything.

Here he is coming back to a snappy landing at the end of a dash.

His air brakes worked wonderfully well.
At one point the crows tried to take over his roost tree,
but the peregrine abruptly returned and scattered them.
Unlike humans, peregrines like to eat crow…
see video of some of his take offs and landings at

THE fastest land or sea animal on earth, the peregrine falcon.
The peregrine is not common here in central NC.
But this morning, I got the thrill of watching one swiftly wing past me.
In a stoop, a hunting dive, the peregrine can reach 200 mph! Oh, my, speed indeed.