Peregrine foraging observation

Subject: Peregrine foraging observation
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 16:23:22 +1100
A raptor snippet for those interested in Peregrines.

While out riding to Ruffy (NE Victoria) south of Euroa over the weekend my 
wife and I stopped on a quiet roadside (Bartons Lane Creighton's Creek 
area) to have a cuppa.

While enjoying the welcome shade under a tree we observed a juvenile 
Crimson Rosella fly past not far above head height. 

Less than a minute later the rosella flew away from us from a nearby tree 
to another tree about 50 m away.  Before it managed to alight in the 
second tree a Peregrine flew in behind it and just grabbed it from above.

The encounter was at low speed and the rosella behaved as though it had no 
idea of what was about to happen.  Quite a sight to observe 'Nature, red 
in tooth and claw'

Martin O'Brien

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