|A Peregrine harasses this poor, helpless Short-eared Owl as it searches for a spot to roost on Southeast Farallon Island.|
However, most people plainly agree on one thing. Ask almost any birder, bird watcher, or bird enthusiast what they think of the ever more abundant Peregrine Falcon, and you will hear a number of phrases ranging from "epic" to "freaking awesome" to "badass" to "they're cool just because" to "the fastest animal on the planet" to "one of the most impressive and successful conservation initiatives ever in the history of the universe."
Despite its resumé, I have never understood the typical birder's obsession with Falco peregrinus. A classic article in The Onion argues that "Peregrine Falcon [is] acting pretty cocky since being taken off the endangered species list". While some people refer to Peregrines as an “apex predator," in reality PEFA is the bully of the bird world.
|Surely this bird is up to no good.|
Listen, I’m all for a good predator-prey interaction, but how many innocent vagrants have to take their final breath while being crushed and skewered by a pair of these raptorial talons? Sure they’re graceful avian athletes, vigilant and mighty predators of the sky. Sure they have evolved some tremendous abilities to catch a wide variety of avian prey from shorebirds to ducks to songbirds to urban pigeons. Sure their bodies are anatomically and physiologically built to be both aerodynamic and incredibly powerful. Sure, watching them fly and hunt is breathtaking to say the least. Some would even say that they are truly noble and incredible birds. I just don’t like losing lifers to their stomachs.
|A peregrine Falcon perches on granite boulder on Southeast Farallon Island, patiently formulating a plan for how it will consume its next vagrant victum.|
|Shorebird watching becomes a truly laborious task when a Peregrine Falcon is around. Have they no consideration for others?|
Peregrines appear to have it all; the charisma, the power, the hearts and minds of the people and conservationists (nobody likes a showoff). My point is that if everybody likes it, it’s probably not that cool (if you’re under the age of 35 you probably live by this motto whether you know/like it or not). So by this alone, I would argue that PEFAs are the most overrated and least interesting bird that the ABA, if not the world, has to offer...
...Ok, maybe they’re pretty cool ;)
|Yeah I guess they are pretty magnificent.|