PS: why is it so?

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Subject: PS: why is it so?
From: Judith L-A <>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:09:50 +0000
Thinking about all your replies, two notions occur to me –
First, that it’s likely characteristic of this literary form (i.e. the 
journal-style natural history) that it telescopes time, so that sightings of 
such a “glamour” species seem populous within the book’s geography due to the 
author’s thrilled recording of every peregrine’s passage, within compressed 
time, & at disproportionate coverage compared to all other species recorded. 
Secondly, the northern-hemisphere peregrines are migratory (in contrast to the 
sedentary habits of Australian breeding adults [Debus 2001]) – so at any one 
location surely here we will rarely see more than the same pair, & where the 
habitat is unsuitable are unlikely ever to see the species. Britishers, though, 
in the Ansell DEEP COUNTRY example, will see the species coming & going, as 
well as those seasonally staying. 
SEQ 500m

> 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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