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Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus) User: Chris  (See all photos - 1682)
Canada (British Columbia) It certainly has been long time coming - nearly 30 years since my last Gyrfalcon sighting - and not for lack of trying. It was somewhat surreal having a couple of minutes to take these photos after so many failed attempts to locate one. Seen in the Pitt Meadows valley in good looking Gyrfalcon habitat.
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Date: February 27, 2021
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It certainly has been long time coming - nearly 30 years since my last Gyrfalcon sighting - and not for lack of trying. It was somewhat surreal having a couple of minutes to take these photos after so many failed attempts to locate one. Seen in the Pitt Meadows valley in good looking Gyrfalcon habitat.
· Date: February 27, 2021 · Views: 215
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Brian Morin
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Registered: June 2013
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February 28, 2021 01:40

Great find and an equally great shot. This adult bird is heavily striped which can be found on immature birds as well but the cyr (base of the upper mandible) is yellow indicating an adult rather than the pale blue found on the immature.
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February 28, 2021 11:17

Thanks for the tip. It certainly was a spectacular bird to observe. Interesting that he was down on a power pole; there were cliffs all around but not sure at all the typical hunting habits and technics of this species. I’ve followed a Peregrine for several minutes as it climbed high in the sky, almost to the pint it couldn’t be seen.
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Brian Morin
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February 28, 2021 11:33

I'm actually not surprised that you had it where you did. More often than not if we are lucky to see a Gyr (only in winter) it is on a pole. They will hunt large birds like ducks and pigeons so they can be found in rural areas as well as in wilder settings.
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sashah
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February 28, 2021 11:47

Wow ! Amazing find, beautifully captured. Good work Chris !
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Sue
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March 1, 2021 18:58 Rating: 10.00 

Great find and capture.
Actually,it would be a lifer for me!
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