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Thread subject: Osprey not Peregrine
Name Date Message
Pam 10/16/04 06:56 am On checking (out of interest as to its exact location etc) Deception Pass website http://www.parks.wa.gov/parkpage.asp?selectedpark=Deception+Pass&pageno=1 re Cathy's post below, I was interested to see that in spite of her naturalist identifying a bird she saw as a peregrine when in fact it was an osprey, on the Park website birds listed do not include a peregrine whereas the list does include osprey. Quite by chance I was lucky enough to spot a peregrine falcon on the Race Rocks website a couple of days ago - very rare I think - I sent the resulting screen captures to the Canadian Peregrine Foundation who have confirmed that it was indeed a peregrine, possibly a juvenile. I watched the bird eating its prey (looked like another small bird with longish feathers) for about twenty minutes, at the end of which time it sat and cleaned off its claws. If you are interested you can see a couple of my captures in my bird folder at the following url http://uk.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/pam.birley@btinternet.com/album?.dir=d82d&.src=ph&store=&prodid=&.done=http%3a//uk.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph//my_photos
Celeste 10/16/04 07:34 pm Thank you Pam....they were all very interesting. I "forget" about the Race Rock website.....and when I do remember things are "quiet"!!!!
cathy 10/16/04 10:34 pm Those were interesting peregrine falcon photos. Looks as if the seagull was interested in the prey. We also saw hundreds of cormorants, as in some of your other photos.
Pam 10/18/04 09:53 am The seagull was definitely waiting its chance to butt in Cathy but daren't do so. Unfortunately I could not zoom in any further without the picture becoming blurry. Sometimes you can get really clear close-ups. I know the cormorants and seagulls are very common but they are still beautiful to look at and always interesting to watch the individual bird. Also with the gulls, there is so much variation in feather colouring according to age, species of gull etc. Every day I keep looking for another bald eagle - who knows, maybe today maybe my lucky day? Crisp autumn day here with blue skies and scudding clouds and golden horse chestnut leaves outside my window.

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