Peregrine (Falco peregrinus)

Taken on Skomer, Pembrokeshire, on May 6th 2014.
(1/1000th sec at f11. © David Hastings)


L: 38 - 51 cm; WS : 89m - 113 cm

The Peregrine is a large and powerful falcon. It has long, broad, pointed wings and a relatively short tail. It is blue-grey above, with a blackish top of the head and an obvious black 'moustache' that contrasts with its white face. Its breast is finely spotted. The female is larger than the male.

It is mainly found in the north and west of the British Isles.

Its preferred habitats are rocky seacliffs and uplands.

The Peregrine is swift and agile in flight, chasing and killing prey on the wing.

It has green status on the British list. The are about 1500 pairs in the UK.


07-Nov-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
17-Oct-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
04-Aug-2019 : Fence Wood, Berks (1)
23-May-2019 : Ythan Estuary, Aberdeenshire (1)

20-Dec-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
14-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain (2)
17-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)

11-Oct-2017 : Holkham NNR, Norfolk (1)
04-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
21-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)

30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
23-Jan-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)