Oh what a beautiful bird is the peregrine falcon. It is the fastest of our native falcons and can reach 120 mph when hunting. During the last century numbers in this country fell to around 400 breeding pairs, thought to be caused by persistent pesticides. Thankfully this trend has reversed and there are now around 1,500 breeding pairs.
One success began in 2011 when peregrines began to nest on Norwich Cathedral. A platform had been put up by the Hawk and Owl Trust after peregrines had been sighted in 2009 and 2010. In the wild peregrines nest in mountains and cliff ledges, so the Cathedral spire was thought to be ideal. This proved to be the case and the public can now view them at a watchpoint in the Cathedral Close. http://upp.hawkandowl.org/
My peregrine watercolour was conceived whilst looking at the pictures of the Norwich peregrines. I will be taking him and others to the Art and Craft Exhibiton at Wymondham Arts Centre in Norfolk, UK at the end of this month.