The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest animal on the planet. Some males have been clocked by radar at more than 200 miles per hour when diving in a “stoop.” In normal flight, they average 25-34 mph, and can accelerate to up to 70 mph in pursuit of their typical prey — ducks and shorebirds. In urban areas, they often specialize on pigeons and gulls.
Photo by Alexander Viduetsky
The Florida Keys Hawk Watch counts more migrating Peregrines each year than any other site in North America.