nesting on coastal cliffs
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Great shot of a very impressive bird.
Originally cliff dwellers, you can now see them increasingly in urban locations. Possibly the fastest animal in the world when in a straight dive (over 200 mph)
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The fastest Peregrine was recorded at 180 mph, however, in the 1950s a pilot in a nose dive at 170 mph claims to have been passed by a Peregrine falcon - hence the over 200 mph claim.
If you want the level speed record holders then wildfowl are considered to be the fastest over short distances. Some years ago a group engineers studied the body structure of birds an calculated the Eider is, theoretically, the fastest bird in straight flight - they have been clocked at 122 mph but would rather spend most of their time sitting around on the sea.
The problem with such measurements is the wind speed factor, a feather in a 50 mph wind will travel at 50 mph. Therefore, with a strong tailwind any bird could reach high speeds even though without the wind they may only be able to fly at 10 mph or so.
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The second image in this posting. Has no-one seen it in 4 years? Do you all need to clean your binos?
Is it a Click Beetle I see?
Sorry, I am trawling some history - purely personal.
if the second photo was added by accident after the first observation; some very experienced names amongst the "agreements", so would have hoped they would have noticed at the time.
yes not sure how that appeared on there, but sorted now and added the pic that was there back again
How lovely, after all this time.
You must have your Folders well organised!
The second picture was well worth waiting for, though I've only been here for nine weeks!
A few months ago many pictures had to be re-added manually, it is possible the odd picture got mixed up. Sorry for any confusion and thanks for sorting it out!
Lat/Lng: 52.1, -4.8
OS grid ref: SN1249