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Falcon watch 8-24-12

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

I left the house today for the bus and halfway to the bus stop I realized I didn’t have my phone. So after walking back home to get it I managed to miss the 6:19 as I watched it go flying by I couldn’t have been more than 30 seconds from making it! Oh well, I waited an hour for the next one and got downtown around 7:40am- too late to see Dan or Larry and so the search was on for falcons. For a change of routine I walked up Main St. to check from it’s bridge. No bumps on any buildings I could see from there.

I doubled back and stopped by Tim Hortons for a decaf coffee(regular makes me shake too much for holding camera and binocs steady) on my way to the Broad St. Bridge(BSB). No falcons to be seen from there either. Next I walked over to City Hall to check FCT with no luck. I also went up to the top of the Sister Cities Garage to look around-nada! Hmm where could our elusive Peregrine Falcons be this morning!? I then walked down to Kodak Office to no avail. Yikes I was getting a workout on this day!

Back to the BSB I went enroute to the South Ave. garage for my best view of the city. Just before I opened the door to go up to the top of the garage I turned and took a look toward the river-SUCCESS there was a falcon on the base of Mercury! But not just any falcon, it was our young and handsome Orion.

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I shared space with this very animated and photogenic Peregrine for almost 45 minutes. He took off and flew west out of view in the direction of FCT so I figured I would walk back over there to see if that’s where he went.

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Upon arriving at Fitzhugh and Church St. I could see no bumps on the tower so I sat down on my bench and figured I would just stay put until it was time to leave. A very nice man came over and asked what I was photographing and when I told him as with many people he mentioned the Kodak falcons. I set him straight on their story and then I showed him some pics on my cameras LCD screen. He thought I was a great photographer and I assured him that it was the camera that made me look good. Then he told me that he used to be a photographer and that I had an eye for it and the equipment is only as good as the operator. Well I just set it on auto and click away. lol He introduced himself as Tom and I told him who I was and we shook hands and then he went to his van and brought a folder full of pics he had taken. One pic in particular peaked my interest and he gave it to me! And here it is:


While we were talking I heard Orion singing and as I looked up I saw him on the tail feathers of another falcon tho I’m not sure who it was I knew Orion by his lovely voice. They both landed on the north side of FCT where I had no chance of seeing them from where I was sitting. Just as quickly as they flew in they flew back out again heading south. I thanked Tom for this wonderful close up pic of an owl and the  knowledge he shared with me about picture taking. He went about his day and I packed up to end my watch. I used to be kind of shy but as I’ve said in the past these falcons compel me to do things that I never did before.  And  I am very thankful  for all the people I have met since I came out of  lurkdom as they all have made me smile for one reason or another!  :)

Click the links below for my all Orion photo album and videos from the day




10 Responses to “Falcon watch 8-24-12”

  1. Ginny Says:

    He is soooo cute! In pics 13 & 14 it looks like Orion is beckoning and waving to you!
    He is the cutest little guy!
    Great pics!!!

  2. Debbie H. Says:

    Great report MAK!! I’m having withdrawls, LOL! Miss you. See you next week, I hope.

  3. kris g. Says:

    Great report and pics, MAK! Orion is one gorgeous looking Peregrine!

  4. Jeannine Says:

    Great report, your pictures and descriptions of watch day bring everything to life for me.

    Thank you

  5. margaret Says:

    Wonderful pictures of Orion and great report - even if you did have a rough start. There IS a book in here, MAK! You need to write/document everything that you have seen and experienced! Orion is a handsome young falcon isn’t he?
    BTW - not only are your pics great, but you have a way with words too! You are a good story teller, and you have a great story to tell!

  6. Barb W. in L.A. Says:

    Oh MY, Orion is a handsome one…now with an air of self-confidence about him. I’m glad the photographer, Tom, stopped by and validated the fact that you are, in fact, a great photographer. Your composition in the stills is always spot on. The way you zoom out, and back in, with the videos to give the viewer a feeling of proximity…or lack of it…is brilliant! Ditto what Margaret said. Keep smiling!

  7. MAK Says:

    Wow thanks for your kind words everyone! Deb I missed you too this week! Hope to see you soon. :)

  8. Melissa Says:

    Ditto what all the prior commenters have said MAK! The pics of Orion are beautiful; especially those capturing the moment prior to take off when those “pinkie” feathers (I know there must be a scientific name for those!) are raised. Your dedication to these amazing birds is recognized and appreciated.

  9. Barb W. in L.A. Says:

    Melissa, “Pinkie feathers” is such a cute description! If I’m not mistaken, those are the alula feathers. I learned that from the Rfalconcam experts!

  10. MAK Says:

    Thank you so much Melissa! :)

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