|Subject:||Peregrine Falcon question|
|Date:||Mon, 24 Dec 2018 21:32:43 +1000|
Do Peregrines catch stationary prey? or is stooping on pigeons in flight their MO? Could this be like small passerines nesting near raptors, this being a “safe zone” somehow…?|
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From: Bob & Trish Sothman <>
Date: Monday, 24 December 2018
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Peregrine Falcon question
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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
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