Jul 13 2012
Last month Pittsburgh’s young peregrines made their first short flight. This month they’ll become self sufficient and ready to leave home.
When they do, they’ll have adventures and most of them will be firsts: the first time they’re alone without family, the first time they see the ocean or the Great Lakes, the first time they encounter birds they never saw at home.
I wonder what they’ll do the first time they meet a raven.
Ravens are slightly larger than peregrines and are acrobatic fliers though not as fast as peregrines. In this video from the raven’s perspective, a peregrine and a juvenile raven wheel and joust in the air. You’d think this would be dangerous for the young raven but his parents are unconcerned.
Maybe the peregrine and raven are testing their flight skills. Maybe the peregrine is a juvenile too. Maybe that’s why they’re playing.
(video by Rick Boufford at The Raven Diaries, www.theravendiaries.com)