Raptor Force
Video: Falcon Cam

A tiny camera mounted on this peregrine falcon shows its supreme maneuverability in thrilling detail.

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  • Zaheer Uddin

    Saw it on TV, superb work in producing the film.

  • Edward Piercy

    The raptor-cam was amazing.

    Great work.

  • Sam Lusareta

    I’ve written a few reports on falconry, and have sttuided raptors for years as a hobby. This shot was amazing, anybody know what the Peregrine’S quarry was? It looked like another bird of prey.

    If any falconers are looking for help, I would love to become an apprentice.

  • Cheryl Frank

    This show was wonderful; a good explanation of different aspects of Peregrine’s flight abilities and physical capabilities!

  • Dan Styer

    The program showed a camera on a Red-Tail Hawk, soaring over a river with cliffs on one side and flat land on the other. Was this the Buffalo River in Arkansas?

  • delloyd burgess

    I saw the episode on TV the filming of the different types of raptors was amazing from the mounted camera to the flight of the owl WHAT A BIRD!!!!

  • Kim

    I’ve watched this episode twice and I want to thank you for introducing me to the sport of falconry. I am taking steps to becoming an apprentice falconer. Please do more on raptors!

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  • jwj

    It’s amazing how they can do that !!

  • says

    that is so cool and fun i wish i could flay i would be a super hero called the secret cow nenjia

  • Kev

    Was it a ptarmigan that was flushed underneath the tiercel?

    I’ve always wondered what it would look like to film a stoop at quarry from the hawks POV!

  • Perigrine

    The Perigrine Falcon can fly about 300 mph in one dive, and kills its prey by digging its claws into its head or other body part. It eats small birds and stuff like that.lol.:-)

  • Sam

    Ok, Im pretty sure that is a Ketsrel. Unfortunately I believe they used another tamed falcon as quarry. In falconry it is apart of the concept of the birds instincts, for the human hunter to keep a “hood” over the head of the raptor until sees a target or “quarry.” The hunter will lift the hood and the bird will give chase. The bird will attack and incapacitate the target, then the falconer will come over the bird and gice it food as a reward, and put the hood back on the bird. The falconers do not just let thier birds of prey fly around and hunt for targets, if they did they would lose there precious investment.

  • marilyn

    Support The Delaware Raptor Center in Milford, Pa. (approximately 1 1/2 hours from NYC). There injured raptors are rehabilitated, and some that are permanently injured live out their lives. As a member, the last Sunday of each month you may visit and see the birds that include species of hawks, eagles, owls, and falcons. Learn each of the surviving bird’s stories from being shot, to hitting a vehicle, to being caught in a tree,etc. See the birds up close knowing many will be re-released back into the wild. It is a bucolic setting on a lake.

    Also twice a year they have special educational programs with raptors on sleeve by naturalist Bill.

    For as little as $20 per year, help the non-profit center: Delaware Valley Raptor Center
    Telephone 570-296-6025

    I am a member. First raptor center that I visited was in Alaska. You don’t have to go that far!

  • Leah

    i found this qiute intresting im off school and decided well why noot learn some more and i thought ill watch a video this was qiute amazing thanks to who ever published this video

  • ric o.

    loved this nature program
    of course if its about raptors… i’m interested

  • AbiDali

    That was amazing! Falconry License here I come!

  • David Katz

    What a wonderful show. But the narration, with it’s unnecessary and misguided anthropomorphism really diminished it. Nature is not a war. Falcons kill to eat. They do not kill to establish territory, nor out of vanity, nor out of misconceived political notions. You ought to know better.

  • harold brown

    Poor show. I sawe a much better one on PBS some time ago. Why was this so extremely abbreviated?

  • Nellie Brawn

    What a superb program!! Thanks PBS! I was in awe most of the program… although I’m 70, still feel like a kid watching the marvels of nature, and the longing of men and women to encounter us in it…

  • Caerann

    Please check your prey ID again, this is NOT an American Kestrel which is also a protected bird under the Endangered Species Act. Freeze framing at 1:22 and 1:23 show the plumage and shaping of the bird to be consistent with a female Ring-necked Pheasant.

  • swedane

    Absolutely loved the Raptor Force.
    Thank you for all your great programming


  • Gabriele Drozdowski

    Just another example of people working for nearly nothing to produce heart-felt and much-needed information. I bet the people who did this received a tiny percentage of the bankers who nearly brought us down – because they CARED, and their HEARTS rather than MONEY, motivated their actions.

    We need many more of us that do the same in order to avert the terrible consequences of delayed or inaction.

    Perhaps our time has come.

  • Nasser

    it is wonderful i tran falcons i am from qatar

  • Ryan

    That is definately a Phesant that the falcon is stooping. I’ve met the falconer and bird. I’ve also seen the uncut footage. Wonderful shots!

  • Ron Button

    Dear Nature, Ibelieve that it was sometime on 2009 I viewed a fascinaing program showing the mounting of cameras on perigrene falcons including some of the trial and error involved. The program went on to show how these birds manuevered and how this is being applied to design of future aircraft. I would like to acquire a copy. Can you help me find and purchase the program I am looking for?

  • Barbara

    Thank you for your valuable time in helping others learn about these beautiful raptors.

  • Kathleen

    Incredible view! I felt the majesty of flight! Can anyone watch this and not see the creative hand of God in this marvel of nature? Impossible. I almost cried. Thank you to all responsible. (ok, I did feel for the falcon’s prey, but, what can you do)

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  • Pavel Yakimov

    Again, Michael Garcia and his falcon (not Kestrel as someone mentioned here) are showing beautiful flight and different view from the falcons’ eyes. The pheasant flushed bellow the falcon has the possibility to escape. But well trained falcon (as those in the wild) are very successful hunters. One of the reasons why falconers are the best specialist in working with birds of prey.

    Well done, Michael!!!
    Grate shots!!!
    Grate falcon!!!

    Pavel Yakimov

    Bulgarian Falconers’ Association

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