Photo taken 16/04/04 at the Lakeland Bird of Prey centre, Penrith,UK
The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest bird in the world reaching speeds of up to 70mph in a downward dive. It is a slim but powerful bird with a small head and long, thin, pointed wings. Its breeding strongholds in the UK can be found in the uplands of the north and west and rocky seacoasts. In the winter they can be found on marshes, estuaries and farmland, particularly in the east.
Peregrines have suffered persecution from gamekeepers and landowners, and been a target for egg collectors, but better legal protection and control of pesticides (which indirectly poisoned birds) have helped the population to recover slightly from a low in the 1960s.
Incubation: 28-32 days
Fledging: 35-42 days
Maximum lifespan: 18 years
Length: 39-50 cm
Wingspan: 95-115 cm