07 May, 2012

Felipe Continues To Wander

Yesterday Felipe flew to the SE once more, continuing to baffle us all.

Don calculates that he has now moved 166 km (103 miles) to the south of his northernmost point established in southern Peru on 3 May.

I guess this is why they are called the "Wandering Falcon".

Has he lost his way? Are adult peregines actually capable of  losing their way? Is he mistaking the altiplano for the arctic? Is this just his normal behavior, to pause and stage before a rocket run to the north?

What a contrast to Island Girl who is currently 23 degrees north and 10 degrees west of him and separated from him by over 1,700 miles. Despite leaving on the same day.

That is quite a bit of catching up to do. Maybe impossible.

On the other hand, if he does decide to suddenly continue his migration and fly north, he may cover the vast distances involved in really good time.

So this situation has the potential to demonstrate what a tiercel can really do under pressure.

It could just as easily be the first known record of an adult male peregrine remaining in South America over the entire boreal breeding season.

Which will it be?

1 comment:

Tom said...

Isn't it remarkable that Island Girl flew right up the Valiente peninsula? Did she know it would be a short hop to landfall or was she prepared to go for Texas?