Monday, 18 August 2014

Escaped Gyr Falcon

Yesterday we got very excited when we saw all the gulls on the island go up as if something big and threatening was coming over. They do this even when something harmless to them comes over like an Osprey. So we all started looking up for an Osprey or Heron or something and in the end got a glimpse of a large whitish falcon being mobbed by a Peregrine, which it made look small. Today we got better views and confirmed our suspicions that it was an escaped white morph Gyr Falcon. A very impressive beast.

White morph Gyr Falcons naturally occur in Greenland and parts of Siberia and are record breaking in their size and power.
(Skomer Warden)

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