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Another very quick little video for you all.


 


>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi4C4AW5wPc


 


This was taken last soaring season during a 308km cross country flight but I've only just found the moment I was looking for in the video footage.  While on my third leg, back to Cunderdin from Burakin, I stopped in a very nice thermal near Manmanning and found 6-8knots of lift.  This quickly increased to 10-12knots and as I rode the elevator up I noticed a bird above me.  A couple of turns later, it dived down to my level to check me out, flying in towards the cockpit before diving away to avoid a collision.  I got a good close look at it and was surprised to see that it was a Peregrine Falcon.  I've seen them in the area before, but never expected to find one thermalling at 11,000ft.  I've seen plenty of Wedge-tailed Eagles up there but never a falcon.


 


Enjoy!


 


Derek


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