Although, the Perrigrine Falcon is a tiny portion of the love story between Jonathan and Kenya, I found the bird interesting and wanted to share.
A bit geeky, I know.
Every Alpha must have a passion that softens him.
The falcon is a private enjoyment of Jonathan’s that he shares with Kenya in “Wait For Me” and it shows a lighter side to the serious man.
A little falcon info.
This excerpt was taken from http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/peregrine_falcon/id
Size & Shape
Peregrine Falcons are the largest falcon over most of the continent, with long, pointed wings and a long tail. Be sure to look at shape as well as size—long primary feathers give the Peregrine a long-winged shape. As with most raptors, males are smaller than females, so Peregrines can overlap with large female Merlins or small male Gyrfalcons.
Adults are blue-gray above with barred underparts and a dark head with thick sideburns. Juveniles are heavily marked, with vertical streaks instead of horizontal bars on the breast. Despite considerable age-related and geographic variation, an overall steely, barred look remains.
Peregrine Falcons catch medium-sized birds in the air with swift, spectacular dives, called stoops. In cities they are masterful at catching pigeons. Elsewhere they feed especially on shorebirds and ducks. They often sit on high perches, waiting for the right opportunity to make their aerial assault.
Look for Peregrine Falcons perching or nesting on skyscrapers, water towers, cliffs, power pylons, and other tall structures. If a mudflat full of shorebirds and ducks suddenly erupts from the ground, scan the skies. A Peregrine (or Merlin) is probably in the area. Peregrines can be seen all over North America, but they are more common along coasts.
Excerpt from “Wait For Me” where Jonathan is showing Kenya how to call in his falcon, Red. (For those who don’t know, Mo Ru’n means my dear.)
“Oh Lord, he’s humongous, Jonathan, he’ll break my arm.”
Cuddling in closer, he braced his right arm under hers clasping her forearm in the leather glove. Crowding her hips, Jonathan cradled her between his legs.
“Mo Ru’n, he’s smaller than an American eagle.”
“We’re not in America and that’s not an eagle looking to land on my arm, Blakemore. From this angle that falcon looks like a 747 with talons.”
“Be still.” He grinned, brushing a kiss over her face. “He’s a bird of prey, he’ll carry you away, babe,” Jonathan teased.
Kenya flinched, eyes wide and he couldn’t help laughing at his woman. “Great day in the morning, Jonathan! If he poops on me, you are so sleeping alone tonight…after you wash my hair.”
Red, his falcon, made a few passes overhead before his talons splayed out preparing to land. Kenya angled her face into his chest as the bird landed on her arm, had him laughing in her hair something he was doing more and more of since meeting this woman.
Catch their love story from the beginning in “You Called Me” then “Wait For Me” soon to be followed by “Stand By Me” in mid summer.