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________________________________________________________________ Birds 116 – Peregrine Falcons

 

 

 

                                                                           PEREGRINE FALCONS Falco peregrinus (f, m)

 

                                

 

                                                                           PEREGRINE FALCON Falco peregrinus (m)

 

                                

 

                                                                           PEREGRINE FALCON Falco peregrinus (m)

 

                               

 

                                                                           PEREGRINE FALCON Falco peregrinus (m)

 

 

                                

 

                                                                           PEREGRINE FALCON Falco peregrinus (m)

 

                                

 

                                                                            PEREGRINE FALCON Falco peregrinus (m)

 

 

                                                                            PEREGRINE FALCON Falco peregrinus (m)

 

               

                                                                            PEREGRINE FALCON Falco peregrinus (m)

 

               

                                                                            PEREGRINE FALCON Falco peregrinus (f)

                                        

            

 

·         Peregrine Falcons Falco peregrinus will readily utilise tall man-made structures like tall buildings as nesting sites (if there are suitable platforms available – with a bit of imagination these could be incorporated as part of the structure by the manufacturers) or as lookout posts for hunting. The presence of Peregrines may be betrayed by feathers or bones scattered underneath one of these feeding-posts.  Feral Pigeons Columba livia domestica (domesticated Rock Doves) are often selected as prey so if a flock of these birds suddenly takes to the air it is always worth looking overhead as a raptor may be responsible for flushing them. In London where this species is becoming increasingly well-established Rose-ringed Parakeets Psittacula krameri are also being exploited as an easy source of food despite their capability for high-speed flight! Nest boxes are being provided on the top of tower blocks at certain selected sites to encourage breeding with considerable success. In one of these photographs the tiercel (male) has taken a juvenile Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris. The first of this series of images (taken in 2017) illustrates an adult female (falcon) training her offspring to hunt, in this instance by transferring part of a Feral Pigeon that she has caught to one of her recently fledged male chicks with another male juvenile - note the size difference - in hot pursuit. The remaining photographs are of the adults during the following spring. These have been taken using a higher resolution camera so this has allowed substantial cropping without any loss of quality.

 

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