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Peregrine Falcon: Dive, Dive, Dive! (Blink of an Eye: Superfast Animals) Library Binding – August 1, 2010
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The peregrine falcon is a "bird of prey" and hunts only when he is in the air. They do not solely live in the wild, but can also be found in cities where they hunt for pigeons and starlings. In this book you'll be able to see one as it is diving through the air and later eating his meal. You'll learn how it catches its prey with its talons or can knock the "victim to the ground with its closed talons." Another weapon this magnificent bird has is its sharp, curved beak. You'll also learn how they almost disappeared because of DDT, how they made their comeback, who they have to be wary of, how they are trained to help us at airports, and you'll learn many other interesting facts about the fabulous peregrine falcon.
This is an amazing portrait of the fastest animal in the world, the peregrine falcon. J. Peter Jenny, the president and CEO of "The Peregrine Fund" was the consultant on this book. The excellent layout and numerous photographs will make this book very appealing to the young reader. Confident readers will be able to easily work their way through the text. Difficult words are highlighted in bold text and defined in the visual glossary in the back of the book.Read more ›
Falcons live above ground in cliffs and under bridges on the beams. Urban falcons have been spotted in cities and their aeries have been found on the roofs of tall buildings. The birds' migratory habits and nest building skills are covered in this book.
These aerial hunters only hunt from the sky. The bird has extremely sharp talons that have the ability to slice and sever small prey. Its hooked or curved beak mark it as a hawk and it is the speediest raptor. Readers are treated to pictures of falcons swooping down on their prey (they usually give a falconine screech/scream as they descend upon some hapless smaller animal or bird) and eating their kill.
Falcons are a protected species. DDT and other poisons have sadly depopulated and deprived many areas of this much needed bird. Fortunately, the falcons are repopluating and are extremely intelligent birds. They can be trained to help in airports and other places in need of security. These watchbirds learn very quickly and many falcons have been featured in wildlife shows and demos. The falcon like most raptors tends to be "monogamous" and mates for life with a single partner.
I love the photographs and the rich supply of information this book has. I can't recommend it highly enough.