Peregrine Falcon in action, Sydney CBD

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Subject: Peregrine Falcon in action, Sydney CBD
From: "Eric Finley" <>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2008 11:23:09 +1000
Hi all

This morning just after 8.00 saw some interesting Peregrine action on
York St near Market St courtesy of one of the Sydney CBD resident birds.
The falcon was going for a Pied Currawong, saw 2 high speed dives at
about 20-30 metres above street level as the currawong escaped towards
one of the limited cover options on the street - a bare deciduous tree.
The falcon didn't make a further effort once the currawong was lodged
close to the trunk of the tree in amongst the branches. The currawong
still hadn't left its spot about ten minutes later when I returned along
the street so must have been pretty shaken by the experience, as they
rarely remain stationary for this long. I also noticed on return that a
pair of currawongs are nesting in a similarly bare tree on this street
right where the initial attack took place, so its possible the falcon
was targetting them as they moved to/from the nest - presumably the
near-victim was one of the pair owning the nest. An interesting early
morning sight on one of Sydney's least hospitable bird streets.

Eric Finley

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