Slamming on the Brakes

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© Chuck Homler
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This is a juvenile Peregrine Falcon. Its probably three or four months old in this image and it is still learning the ropes of high speed flight.

Over the mudflats of the Scarborough Marsh where the Jones Creek drains into the Nonesuch and Dunstan Rivers in Pine Point it prosecuted sandpipers, plovers and in this photo, a whimbrel.

The Peregrine Falcon is an endangered species in Maine. It is also the FASTEST ANIMAL ON THE PLANET and some have be clocked at 242 MPH in the "stoop."

In this case, this young and inexperienced Peregrine came in too fast and overshot his target bird. The band on the birds right leg is not indicative of a "local" bird and it is believed this youngster may have come south to Maine from Canada.

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