First, the peregrine 'bible'; The Peregrine Falcon, by Derek Ratcliffe (Poyser) is undoubtedly the most comprehensive and authoritative book on peregrines ever written. Sadly Derek is no longer with us. He would have been delighted by the opportunities provided by modern web cams to examine closely the intimacies of the lives of these iconic raptors!
|Published by Poyser and now out of print|
For a (much) more readable text, try a book regarded as possibly the best piece of nature writing ever to have been written. J A Baker wrote The Peregrine in the 1960s, having 'set out to track the daily comings and goings of a pair of peregrine falcons across the flat fenlands of Eastern England' (Essex mainly). The book was published in 1967 by Penguin in the UK and by Harpur and Row in The States. Baker, a reclusive man, also died a few years ago.
|Cover of the new edition, painting by Elizabeth Frink|
And here are some more peregrines painted by other wildlife artists that you might enjoy:
|This painting is by Mike Warren, a Nottinghamshire based artist|
|This is by Noel Cusa, a disciple of C F Tunnicliffe.|
Note the accompanying sea pinks and navelwort.....
|This composite sketch by Darren Woodhead shows a peregrine |
chasing a flock of knot and catching one
|This is by Darren Rees. The bird appears to be dozing in the sun|
Incidentally, more of Charles Tunnicliffe's work can be seen on this website - http://www.thecharlestunnicliffesociety.co.uk/
Nick B (DWT)