Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Amur Falcon

Traveling the main road to visit John, Debbie and children in mid-March, I spotted several falcons perched on the telephone wires. Grant promised that when we returned, he'd stop and I could take photos. 

He did. And I did.

Amur Falcon (Male) 

The Amur Falcon is one bird where the female is actually prettier than the male. However, as you can see, the male (above) is a glorious bird with uniform dark plumage; darkest on back and lightest on cheeks, throat and breast. In flight the male's underwing coverts are white. You can just see the white showing in the last photo above. 

See here  for the more information and images on the male and female falcon.

These falcons are non-breeding Palearctic migrants, traveling enormous distances from eastern Asia (where it breeds) to South Africa between November and May. 

I'm linking to Wild Bird Wednesday here


  1. I have never heard of this bird and you managed great shots of it. And glad grant stopped

  2. Beautiful shots. Nice to know about the bird...

  3. Great looking bird - it seems to have a small beak for a bird of prey.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

    PS: I think you may have visited a bit to early for WBW - it goes up 3am my time. And much as I hate to say it Dogger does not belong to us - he was owned by the people who run the vineyard on which we stayed - but we adopted him for the week!

  4. Hello Jo, the Amur Falcon is a beauty. Great shot, so glad you could stop for the photo. Enjoy your day!

  5. he is like no falcon i have ever seen before. very pretty bird.. glad you got to stop and grab these. i have to beg bob to stop when we are on the road

  6. That's one beautiful bird! I'm so glad he stopped...and so glad you got the shots! Very cool encounter!


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