Peregrine Falcons in Sydney C.B.D.

Subject: Peregrine Falcons in Sydney C.B.D.
From: "Matthew Taylor" <>
Date: Sun, 09 Sep 2001 20:08:54 +1000
I think they are fairly regular. Haven't worked out whether there is any seasonality or not, but I think I've seen them in most seasons, and at many spots throughout the city. Used to get them around Centre Point when I worked there, and saw one land on a ledge of a building in O'Connell street once. More recently, working in North Sydney I see them occasionally around Northpoint (the Hyundai building).

There is an excellent article from UK in BBC Wildlife magazine (July 2000 edition), available from good newsagents that explores the diets of city peregrines in the UK. To my great surprise, one of the commonest items included Teal, a small duck! The city nesting pairs rarely hunted in the city, but travelled out to the country to hunt. Exploding the myth that city peregrines mostly hunt feral pigeons - at least in the authors study area.

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