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Gyrfalcon in Flight

Gyrfalcons - the largest falcons in the world - are amazingly powerful hunters. Body design and muscle allow these athletic birds to soar, stall and stoop with speeds up to 130 mph. They dine mostly on birds but will grab mammals for a meal - squirrels, lemmings, even a rabbit. On a lucky day, Gregg Thompson spotted this "Gyr" cruising in a clear sky.

Gyrfalcon

Gyrfalcon



Gyrfalcon 2

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Listen to BirdNote shows about Gyrfalcons:

Winter Brings Falcons
The Majestic Gyrfalcon

All photos © Gregg Thompson

 

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