Read this interesting bit on THE FASTEST ANIMAL – PEREGRINE FALCON
Ever wondered which is the fastest animal on Planet Earth? No, its not the famed cheetah….its a bird! Swordfish have been timed at 109 kmph, the Cheetah scores 114 kmph. The Peregrine Falcon is the current record holder, and it can be seen in India.
How fast is it? Jasprit Bumrah recorded the fastest speed among all the bowlers in the Australia – India series. He was timed at 153 kmph. If you were watching on TV, you could barely see the ball as it whizzed to the batsman. We could only see it properly in slo – mo. The Peregrine has been timed at over double Bumrahs celebrated speed, over 300 kmph! Pity its prey! As soon as he selects and locks on to prey, it folds its wings close to its body to streamline himself, and dives down at a speed faster than our eye can follow, like Superman does, minus the outstretched hand of course. This dive is termed the stoop.
The Peregrine, like most raptors is also very clever. It will often dive with the Sun behind it, so that the prey cannot even see it, blinded by the bright glare of the Sun. Prey don’t wear fancy Ray – Ban sunglasses.
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