A pair of Peregrine Falcons have resided on
top of the 12 story Grand Hotel at Glenelg, an Adelaide
seaside suburb, for many years. Since I have been living in
the area (three years) I have seen one, most likely the male
(based on size) most days. Occasionally, there are two.
There is also a good sized flock of Feral
Pigeons in the area and on some days when the peregrines are
not there, I see 5 to 6 sitting where the peregrines perch. On
several occasions I have even seen several pigeons perched
within 3 – 5 metres of a resting peregrine.
What I don’t understand is why the pigeons
appear to show no fear of the peregrines. I cant find anything
in HANZAB on this subject. HANZAB does indicates Feral Pigeons
are Peregrine Falcon’s most common prey. It even says another
name for the falcon is Pigeon Hawk.
Any comments welcome.
Bob Sothman Adelaide