Peregrine Falcon 4/19/12

This Peregrine (at least I assume it’s the same immature one) has a regular perch on the Hampton Beach water tower. Last summer I posted a similar shot of it plucking and feeding on a Common Grackle, but here it has what I believe to be a Mourning Dove, but I didn’t actually see it capture its prey. Fully adult Peregrines are blue-ish rather than brown-ish and have finely barred rather than heavily-streaked breasts. They are becoming a more commonly sighted along the New England coast and aside from this somewhat reliable perch, can often be seen atop one of the bridge towers in Portsmouth. Since their recovery from DDT poisoning, many have taken to man-made structures in more urban areas as alternatives to their more natural mountain clifftop haunts.

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