Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Capitol peregrines

The latest edition of the NFA journal is finally done and ready to mail; members should have it within a few days. It includes a piece I wrote last summer on the peregrines at the state Capitol, with photographs by Mitchell Renteria. The photo below (also by Mitchell) probably wouldn't have been effective in small-format greyscale, and so didn't make the journal, but I like it for several reasons. One reason is that it hints at just how massive this building is (look for these vertical windows in the sketch below); small wonder that wild peregrines view it as an adequate substitute for a natural mountain cliff.

The article consists of frequent (though slightly irregular) observations of the peregrines and their neighbours through late June and early July—exactly the sort of thing that might have appeared here on Flyover Country had I been blogging last year. Enjoy the preview...

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