Monday, May 18, 2009

PEREGRINE IN PROSPECT


On Friday, I went to the Penobscot Narrows Observation Tower with my pal, Shirley. The tower is in the top of the bridge that crosses the Penobscot River from Prospect to the island of Verona. There is a parking lot under the old bridge and the new bridge. It's impressive to look upward to the bottoms of those two incredible structures. I was just thinking, "Geez, this looks like perfect nesting places for Peregrine falcons," when I heard a hawk-like vocalization in the trees. It wasn't a hawk sound I recognized. The source was this fantastic Peregrine falcon, the first I had ever seen. It was tearing at a bird kill which can be seen in one of the photographs with the feather in it's beak. Handily, the bird was over the cinderblock restroom building as I was nearly peeing my pants to see this incredible bird and to have the camera around my neck! I got more great shots than any one person deserves, but I'll keep them ALL! As if I wasn't high enough from that, then I got 470 feet high in the observation tower! I'll post photos of that after I've caught my breath.


10 comments:

  1. The red-bellied Woodpecker shot is nice, too, very dramatic. Until reading
    the list messages I didn't realize that they are uncommon here. They were
    fairly common in recent years in western NY State

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  2. BREATHTAKENLY BEAUTIFUL, Robin!
    Pam and Peter

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  3. Really nice photos Robin. The falcon photos are great,I have to say,
    even though I've never felt very close to raptors. The little warblers
    are where my enthusiasms lie. And I, too, love the combination of ferns
    and rocks.
    Jo

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  4. Hi Robin,

    I once had a peregrine back in my backyard about 8 years ago. I till fondly remember that day. Aren't they beautiful birds?

    Saludos

    Eduardo

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  5. Those shots from the latrine are a real pisser, Robin...

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  6. Wow, great photos.

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  7. GREAT pics, keep it up

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  8. Excellent series of photos. The last Peregrines that I photographed were up on Schoodic. Our friends in Bar Harbor keep telling us we have to visit the Observation Tower. The Peregrines may be another reason!

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