• @ThePyroPython@lemmy.world
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    6 months ago

    Fuck you, the Peregrine Falcon is awesome, it is best bird, fight me.

    I will not have my boy be slandered like this.

      • SokathHisEyesOpen
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        216 months ago

        They will too! My neighborhood murder is enormous, and they keep the airspace clear of bald eagles. If an eagle ever dares enter our neighborhood, the crows flock out of the trees by the hundreds and chase that motherfucker off, cawing all the way. When they’re done, they all return to the trees and caw for a good half hour afterwards. My guess is they’re talking about how bad ass they are.

      • @ThePyroPython@lemmy.world
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        216 months ago

        Ok buddy, let’s see you pull out of a terminal velocity (180mph) head first dive.

        As any pilot will tell you; if you manage to pull out of a dive it’s not falling out of the sky, it’s aerobatics.

        Ontop of this, it’s catching prey in it’s talons, let’s see you try and grab anything when traveling at 180mph in any direction.

    • Uncle
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      46 months ago

      I’ll let my B&G macaws fight for me. However I do think the Peregrine is the best raptor in the world.

    • Dr. Coomer
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      26 months ago

      Isn’t this also the bird that picked up its prey and drops them from a great height to kill them since it can’t kill with its claws?

      • @Dabundis@lemmy.world
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        196 months ago

        Even better. It curls its feet into fists and dive bombs with a 240mph punch to stun its prey, then casually walks up to finish the job with its beak.

        It kills with the real life Falcon Punch

    • @leftzero@lemmy.ml
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      6 months ago

      Seriously, I’m sure we could find some shark with a faster terminal speed if dropped from high enough…

      • @Pirasp@lemmy.world
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        226 months ago

        The real trick is that these Falcons exceed their terminal velocity in those dives. So not just falling but falling with added power and a hell of a lot of style!

    • @Djinn
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      116 months ago

      It’s not flying, it’s falling with style.

  • @SirDankbud@lemmy.ca
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    366 months ago

    Well since they can’t reach that speed without being in the air, technically they’re the fastest animals OFF Earth.

    • @DragonTypeWyvern@literature.cafe
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      366 months ago

      Planets are typically understood to include the atmosphere.

      You wouldn’t look at Jupiter and say, “well it’s not really that big, there’s just a bunch of a clouds in the way,” right?

      So the peregrines are on Earth, but not on earth.

        • @DragonTypeWyvern@literature.cafe
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          106 months ago

          The Juno mission says “probably, but whatever is going on is weird af” and the current explanations are way above my head.

          I think they still mostly assume there’s a rocky core, somewhere.

          • SokathHisEyesOpen
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            46 months ago

            I wonder what magnitude of pressure exists on the surface, if there is such thing. It must be molten from the extreme pressure and gravity. Right?

            • Tlaloc_Temporal
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              76 months ago

              Have you seen supercritical water and/or helium? The “surface” of Jupiter is probably supercritical hydrogen. I don’t know if there’s a sharp cutoff like Earth’s oceans or a gradual thickening, but it’s still only half the density of water. It’s possible to build a boat for that!

              However, the pressure would be around half a million bar, or 500 times the pressure of the deepest part of the ocean. This is also 5× the pressure used to make synthetic diamods too, and probably about the same temperature too. If the boat had any grease left outside, it would be diamond grease at this point.

              If you went further down to where the density increases to about the same as water at sea level, the pressure would quadruple to nearly the same as Earth’s core, and the temperature would be about the same too. At this pressure, there’s probably another indistinct boundary of metallic hydrogen, and if the boat has survived the ultra-high-pressure hydrogen embrittlement, the steel-liquifying temperatures, and diamond rain, this metallic hydrogen will almost certainly reduce it to a lump of novel metal hydrides.

            • Dadd Volante
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              16 months ago

              Actually it’s quite nice. My wife and I vacation there in the spring.

  • @sicarius@lemmy.world
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    6 months ago

    In that case Felix Baumgartner is the fastest human being.
    With a top speed of 843.6 mike’s per hour.
    Ussain Bolt and suck it.
    Edit: if the autocorrect mistake is funny, just leave tit as tit is.

    • Denvil
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      176 months ago

      Erm ACTually, assuming Mike is 6ft tall, thats only 5000 ish ft per hour, less than 1 mph. That’s slower than Ussain Bolt!!

    • LazaroFilm
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      86 months ago

      I hate that. In France we have Question Pour Un Champion (questions for a winner) where the host gives a definition and ends with “I am…” and the contestant would say “a cheetah”

  • rhythmisaprancer
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    226 months ago

    One of the craziest interactions I have seen was when a Peregrine Falcon attacked a Canada Goose in flight. We were watching the goose fly up canyon and the peregrine must have thought it was too close to its nest or something. Only time I’ve heard a goose make a sound like that!!

  • 👍Maximum Derek👍
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    6 months ago

    If we count diving then one of the animals that returned from orbital experiments would make the peregrine look like a sloth on ludes by comparison.

    • @wildginger@lemmy.myserv.one
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      96 months ago

      Nah, have to be without equipment since 1998, and the whole “rocket snail” incident. Banned any support items after that

  • @somePotato@sh.itjust.works
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    6 months ago

    To be faaaair, the cheetah reaches 100+ km/h on it’s own merits, the dumb falcon just falls really fast

    If you drop a whale from space it will probably beat that speed record while falling, the falcon doesn’t get extra credit just because he can get up there and survive without help

    • @Willy@sh.itjust.works
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      76 months ago

      A bowl of petunias would beat the falcon at some points in its descent from space. Possibly over and over again.

    • @RampageDon@lemmy.ml
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      56 months ago

      Straight horizontal max speed flight for the falcon is 110-130 km/h though, so still very fast even when not falling.

      • @Selmafudd@lemmy.world
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        76 months ago

        I had a pretty cool encounter with one about 6-7 years ago, I was on a driving holiday and we were cruising throught the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park doing about 90-100km and one of these guys just casually comes up to my window, so close I could have grabbed it. It must have picked some drag effect off the van like a wake in the air or something and it was just gliding next to us with the occasional flap for a good 5 minutes until there was an incoming car and it ducked out

    • @Ottomateeverything@lemmy.world
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      16 months ago

      There ain’t no way a whale’s terminal velocity reaches 240 mph. The falcon’s credit comes from the fact that it can make itself so aerodynamic.

  • Uncle
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    86 months ago

    I have a pair that nest just behind me every year. Its awesome watching them hunt.

    • @SpaceNoodle@lemmy.world
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      26 months ago

      That must be terrifying, to have a mating pair of raptors constantly at your rear. I’d be scared to turn around.

      • Uncle
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        46 months ago

        just gotta do it slowly, and not look like food

        • @SpaceNoodle@lemmy.world
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          6 months ago

          Unfortunately, I’m delicious.

          Edit: downvotes from those homebodies who have never been to flavor town