Another animal comparison

H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald

Remember  earlier this week when I posted about the author saying sparrowhawks are to goshawks as housecats are to leopards?

 

now she compares the goshawk to the falcon.

 

"Goshawks "unnerved me. They were things of death and difficulty: spooky, pale-eyed psychopaths that lived and killed in woodland thickets."

 

"Falcons were the raptors I loved: sharp-winged, bullet-heavy birds with dark eyes and an extraordinary ease in the air. I rejoiced in their aerial verve, their friendliness, their breath-taking stoops from a thousand feet, wind tearing through their wings with the sound of ripping canvas."

 

"They were as different from hawks as dogs are from cats."