PEREGRINE FALCON BY JOSE IVAN CANO MARIN
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The fastest bird in the world, stops to look at me...
The day began slowly; the air is cold in the city where I live now... Manizales (Caldas, Colombia) is located at 2200 meters, and is the the annual meeting place with the farmers who live in the mountains of Los Andes, who as per usual, are brought into town for a little vacation provided by the management of the Foundation on ECOANDES. This year we once again need to thank the Special Unit of Colombia's National Parks for their support, and especially, Mountain Hostels Manizales for all the logistical support in continuing building this dream. To see the photo album of this activity, visit this link: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.298716420151688.68640.115134461843219&type=3
That morning, after sharing with the farmers some best practices knowledge regarding the environment, we went on a tour of the city, guided by the Tourism Police Manizales, which took us to "climb" the icon structure in the city: The Cathedral. As we climbed over 1000 steps, Camilo, one of the people who helped us with logistics, appeared at one of the small windows in the main tower and told me about the presence of a bird, which apparently was not one of the usual dove’s. When, with some scepticism, I looked out the window, I saw that a beautiful bird was perched on the head of an angel. First, I spoke with the bird (mentally and in indescribable language), asking permission to take its photographs; I thought it seemed to agree, and that's when I started taking the shots. I drew the attention of the bird with the sensual sound of Canon EOS T2i (the bird and I share a fascination with this particular sound of the EOS); I shot it from every angle, but I chose this photograph because it was taken with the farmers present as I was sharing with them the importance of this bird ... apparently, the bird said "yes, that be wonderful ... I’m the fastest animal in the world, and like you, today I stop to look at them, and contemplate."
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About the bird:
The Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) is a species of bird falconiforme Falconidae family. Its body length varies between 34 and 58 cm, and its wingspan is 80 to 120 cm, the back is bluish-gray and whitish underside with dark spots, the head is black and has a wide and distinctive mustache also black color. It can fly at a speed of 100 km / h, but when making an attack hunting dive, can reach over 300 km / h, making it the fastest animal in the world.
More information about this bird: http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/106003622/0
» 3 Comments
at Tuesday, 14 February 2012 15:24
A super shot, Jose, thank you so much for sharing it with us!! And a wonderful story with the photo :-)
at Wednesday, 15 February 2012 12:27
Oh my word!!!! That is a fantastic photo Jose! Well done!!
at Thursday, 16 February 2012 11:32
What a heartwarming story to go with this magnificent bird. Thanks Jose!
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