peregrine falcon


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  • Location: City of South Bend, Indiana, USA
  • Source: City of South Bend
  • Info: Live streaming webcam showing peregrine falcons in Indiana, United States. The webcam is focused on a nest on a building in the city of South Bend.

More info: The peregrine falcon is the world’s most widespread raptor as well as being the fastest animal on earth, and a predator to a fifth of the world’s bird species even plucking them right out of the air. Peregrine falcons even did their bit in war time when they were trained during World War II to take out Nazi carrier pigeons.

Peregrine falcons were near to extinction in North America in the mid-1900s. The culprit was DDT, an effective but persistent insecticide that travelled up the food chain and bioaccumulated in top predators such as peregrines. The chemical caused a thinning of the birds’ eggshells and the inability to reproduce, which led to a near collapse of the North American peregrine falcon population.