The Hawk that just missed me

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I was taking a picture of the cathedral in Palma de Majorca when I sensed a movement of air near my head, followed by a loud bang from the parked car behind me. This is what I found when I turned round. No obvious injuries (his tail is at that angle as he turned to see me crouching with the camera). He was probably very stunned. A local man came, used his phone to call someone and stood nearby watching over the bird, so we left them to it. I hope it was a happy ending.

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Comments (6)

Nick Weall on May 2, 2013

A YSL for this knockout bird Keith ~ Looks a bit like a Buzzard but it needs someone far better than I to identify it I'm afraid ~ I'm just a learner ~ all the best Nick

skida on May 3, 2013

After much research we think it is a Brookei Peregrine Falcon, possibly juvenile.

© Tom Cooper on May 3, 2013

I was going to call it a peregrine falcon on first sight. They are extremely rare and highly endangered, at least in North America. The Brookei is a sub-species that is also known as the Mediterrainean peregrine falcon.

skida on May 3, 2013

Cheers Austin. We were on the island of Majorca in the Mediterranean, so it makes sense.


David Brown Photogra… on May 28, 2013

Awesome story (and picture) Keith - I relate to this very much and envy the experience.


skida on June 5, 2013

Thanks Davro. That's the closest I've ever been to a non-captive bird of prey and the experience was memorable.


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  • Uploaded on May 2, 2013
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    by skida
    • Camera: NIKON COOLPIX S3100
    • Taken on 2013/04/26 08:49:00
    • Exposure: 0.025s (1/40)
    • Focal Length: 23.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash