Peregrine plucks dead pigeon from the sea

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Subject: Peregrine plucks dead pigeon from the sea
From: "Matthew Taylor" <>
Date: Fri, 30 Aug 2002 20:18:13 +1000
Having breakfast at Church Point yesterday morning at 8am (Sydney's northern suburbs) I watched a Peregrine that had just attacked a pigeon.  Unfortunately for the Peregrine the now dead pigeon fell into the water, which was dead calm.  It circled round and made a low level pass, at normal cruising flight speed, grabbing at the carcase, attempting to pluck breakfast from the briny, but had no luck.  It tried again, approaching at the same speed.  Still no luck. 
For its third attempt it changed tack and approached at very low speed, got a good grip on the bird, nearly stalled, and then with considerable effort managed to drag the pigeon from the water and fly off to a nearby boat where it perched on the mast to consume its hard won breakfast. 
Quite an effort given the pigeon would have been getting waterlogged and hence quite heavy.
A wonderful treat to accompany the flat white and raisin toast!
Any other records/sightings of the smaller raptors taking birds (or anything else for that matter) from at the water's surface as opposed to live birds from the surface or the shallows?
Matthew Taylor
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