by Clay Herrmann
Kenly Money, who works with Raptor Rehab of Central Arkansas, brought five living examples of “birds of prey” to the Coronado Community Center for a fascinating presentation to the Hot Springs Village Audubon Society (www.hsvbirds.org) on September 11, 2015.
In this program you can meet a Red Tail Hawk, Harris Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Eastern Screech Owl, and lastly the bird considered to be the fastest moving creature in the animal kingdom. Cheetahs are reputed to be the fastest land animals … that is the fastest on the surface of the earth, reported to attain speeds as high as 75 mph. The Peregrine Falcon, however, more than triples that with recorded speeds in it’s hunting dive reported in excess of 240 mph!
As the high-flying Peregrine Falcon spots its prey and assumes it’s aerodynamic teardrop shape, diving and accelerating to incredible speeds, it doesn’t suffocate as the laws of physics might indicate should happen. Rather it is able to breathe in preparation to mortally striking its prey with its deadly talons due to nostril cones (something like a nose-cone on a jet engine performing a similar function), a life-saving part of it’s breathing apparatus, and one of innumerable design details that testify to the engineering genius of our Creator (http://www.discoveryofdesign.com/id116.html).