Wild Harris

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine 1 LCampbell.jpgPeregrine Falcon    (Photo: Laurie Campbell)

High up on the cliffs nests the peregrine falcon. It has the outline of an anchor in the sky - and it swoops around looking for seabirds to catch. This is the fastest bird in the world - when it is diving down to catch prey it can go at 150 miles per hour.

It catches other birds in flight and takes them back to its nest on a cliff ledge. When a peregrine falcon flies in towards the cliff, there is a great commotion about the seabirds, and they all take off at once making a deafening noise.

by Alison Tyler