Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) - 14Dec2013 and others
This is one of the birds that sparked my interest initially and lead me to take Heinz Meng's Ornithology course in college. Heinz was instrumental in helping to bring back the Peregrine from the brink of extinction after DDT. Rachel Carson was instrumental in getting DDT banned, but Heinz's captive breeding program helped them to rebound. Now they are fairly regular on our beaches especially when shorebirds are migrating. Here are some pics from Wrightsville Beach, NC.
Here is a bird from back in 2013 in San Diego feasting on something delectable.
And finally a recent pic from New York where an adult bird murdered a Black-bellied Plover in front of me barely 10 yards away.