Peregrine Falcon Fledgling
I was able to photograph this young Peregrine practicing its flying techniques soon after it had left the nest. It will take young Peregrine fledglings (or juveniles) between 2 and 3 months to become independent and be able to hunt for themselves successfully.
When they first leave the nest site their flying and landing skills are not very good. It usually takes about 3 days for each bird to learn how to use the wind and how to use its tail to brake and stall before landing. Juveniles are heavily marked, with vertical streaks instead of horizontal bars on the breast.
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