Saving Spirit

In June 2017, peregrine falcon Spirit was badly injured.

Another female falcon had been nesting Spirit’s eggs in her absence. When Spirit returned, she attacked the intruder — and the entire fight was caught on camera.

After the fight, Spirit disappeared. She was only spotted again in August, seemingly on the verge of death. Birdwatcher Christian Fritschi rescued Spirit and brought her to Union québécoise de réhabilitation des oiseaux de proie (UQROP), a prey bird clinic in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec.

Spirit is the mother of Algo and Polly, featured in the short documentary Algo, Polly & Turcot.