Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Park Ave. Peregrine Falcons : 27 March 2007

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299 Park Ave.
(6:29pm EDT)
420mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter: 1/500s | Aperture: f/3.7
320 Park Ave.
(6:45pm EDT)
420mm | ISO: 80 | Shutter: 1/80s | Aperture: f/4.5
350 Park Ave.
(6:32pm EDT)
317mm | ISO: 80 | Shutter: 1/80s | Aperture: f/4.0

The center and right images were taken when both Peregrines were visible. They were perched a city block from each other.

There was a lot of activity tonight. Both the male & female were visible simultaneously on several occasions.

I arrived at 6:00pm. At 6:13pm a single falcon was heading uptown along Park Ave. It veered to the east as it approached 57th St. My observing location was at 52nd & 51st St. on the east side of the avenue.

A lot happened between 6:30-6:34pm.

First a falcon was seen coming in from the north heading down Park Ave. to a perch on 299 Park Ave. (the ‘UBS Building’) between 48th & 49th St. The perch was the same corner (north-west) used on the 22nd of March. This is the leftmost image above.

From the south another Peregrine was seen heading for a perch on 320 Park Ave. (the ‘Mutual of America Building’). This is between 50th & 51st St. It perched facing south.

Soon after landing this falcon headed for an opening at the top of a building along the west side of Park Ave. Seconds later the falcon on 299 Park Ave. followed it to the same opening.

After the second falcon landed one of the Peregrines left the site with prey in its talons to a perch on 350 Park Ave. (the ‘Park Ave. Bank Building’) between 51st & 52nd St.

By 6:43pm I noticed a Peregrine perched just south of this falcon on 320 Park Ave. This is the falcon in the center photo above. The falcon that carried the prey to 350 Park Ave. is in the rightmost image.

At 6:50pm the 350 Park Ave. falcon headed south along Park Ave. followed by the 320 Park Ave. bird. Both veered west along 48th St.

The last sighting at 7:25pm was of a Peregrine heading north along Park Ave. pursuing a Mourning Dove. The falcon didn't appear to be flying hard to keep up with the dove. Both disappeared from view behind the ‘Park Ave. Atrium’ (between 52nd & 53rd St.) briefly.

Seconds later the Peregrine appeared again swooping on a bird. I couldn't tell if the bird was caught since the Peregrine disappeared again behind the ‘Park Ave. Atrium’.

The sky was clear and the temperature was between 74°-71°F.