June 29th   Leave a comment

I was struggling back into Crail between showers this morning with the south-westerly against me when an adult female peregrine popped up from the fields behind Sauchope. After a good start this spring with quite a few peregrine sightings, this is the first I have seen for weeks. Unlike me, it was enjoying the wind. Peregrines make sense when there is no wind, but they really make sense in a gale. I watched it circling around Roome Bay three times with barely a wing beat. It faced into the wind to gain height and then swooped down using gravity to gain enough speed to move forward into the wind. Then when the peregrine reached sea level it simply faced into the wind again and was blown back and up to complete a large loop back to where it started from above the cliffs. And then it continued looping, moving parallel to the wind in the direction of the May Island. I lost it a kilometre out to sea a couple of minutes later, again with barely a wing beat. I imagine it made it to the island about when I got home ten minutes later, me back to work, and it to cause havoc among the seabirds.

Peregrine (JA)

Posted June 29, 2020 by wildcrail in Sightings

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