RADZI CHINYANGANYA
BBC Wildlife|April 2021
In our series about people with a passion for a species, TV presenter and author Radzi tells us why he admires the peregrine falcon.
Catherine Smalley

Why are you championing this species?

I have always been fascinated by speed. It started for me watching athletics at the Olympic games, specifically the 100m, so how can I not champion the king of speed, the peregrine falcon? I first fell in love with the species watching a show many moons ago called Steve Leonard’s Extreme Animals. They had a peregrine falcon in a hot air balloon and they put a camera on it. To see it mid-flight was just a privilege. I was a very young child and there was something about it that made me think “Whatever that thing is I’m looking at, it’s beautiful, it’s regal and I love it.”

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