Watching the flight of peregrine falcons can make a grown adult a little weak in the knees. Their incredible swiftness -- they've been clocked at speeds over 200 mph in a dive -- make them the fastest creatures on earth, and quite efficient predators.
They've also been recently removed from the U.S. Endangered Species List, though North Carolina still lists them as Endangered.
A little less endangered at Chimney Rock State Park this year, as park officials have announced that a nesting pair have successfully fledged two younglings at the park, a male and a female. Since the reintroduction of peregrines at Chimney Rock in 1984, this is only the second pair of chicks that have been successfully raised by a nesting pair.
And that's big news.