Peregrine Falcon on the Cliff
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stone lithograph, 17” x 21”, 1986

The peregrine falcon is considered by many to be the most exciting of all raptors. Raptors are birds of prey which, of course, are designed by nature for capturing birds and mammals and in some cases, cold-blooded creatures. They generally have hooked beaks and sharp talons.

Although the peregrine is not necessarily the most aggressive, it is probably the fastest hunter of the skies. It was the primary falcon used by a nobleman in what is sometimes called the sport of kings. Their favourite nesting and roosting place is a high cliff. From such a vantage point they can spot their prey and watch for danger. In this case, I used the cliff just below our house which is quite typical of their habitat.