why is it so?

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Subject: why is it so?
From: Andy Burton <>
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:28:24 +0000
I suspect this is just a problem of perception. Post-ww2 Peregrines were very 
rare in the UK, amongst other reasons because of the use of DDT. They have made 
a comeback and although willing to be corrected, I suspect they are still 
uncommon. On a six week visit to the UK last year I saw three over cliffs in 
Devon and missed sightings in Belper, Derbyshire and in North Yorkshire.

They are not common in Australia but I have occasionally but regularly seen 
them in, (eg.) Sydney. Mark Foys and what used to be the World Trade Centre in 
the city, breeding in the Chatswood and North Sydney areas, here above the 
garden in Roseville on a number of occasions, breeding pairs at Dee Why and 
Deep Creek on the northern beaches. If I had time to put all of my records on 
computer there would be many more sightings.

Being at the top of the food chain probably means that they are not as common 
as some species, but still seen on a regular basis.


> On 19 Feb 2018, at 3:30 pm, Judith L-A <> wrote:
> Having just finished reading DEEP COUNTRY by Neil Ansell (five years in the
> Welsh hills, alone in a remote world), which is an account of the birds'
> lives there too, I've recalled how many British natural histories like this
> are filled with raptors. Falcons particularly seem to course the British
> skies as populously as swallows. When you think how rare & fortunate it is
> to see a Peregrine streak by in Australia — Is it really like that in
> Britain? ... & if so, why are the peregrine falcons so sparse here?
> *Judith​SEQ 500m*
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