Falco peregrinus

Formerly endangered, the peregrine is known for nesting virtually anywhere. This one is captured on a branch in a dynamic pose, perhaps just about to take flight.

This carving, which is in a private collection, received 2nd place at the 32nd Annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition (2002), in the category of Novice Decorative Miniature Wildfowl – Birds of Prey.