O'Connor: Peregrine Falcon

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Subject: O'Connor: Peregrine Falcon
From: Milburns <>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 22:57:55 +1000
At around 16:15 this afternoon the skies above our corner of O'Connor erupted with avian indignation. Bird activity had been evident all day (commencing with early Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos) so my binoculars were close at hand. At highest altitude of all were Magpie Larks circling in an uninformative pattern; the Magpies were zooming around in all directions and offering no clues either. I figured that the squadron of 150+ Galahs might be the best to follow and sure enough, right below the Magpie Larks was a female Peregrine Falcon (no age discernible). It was still difficult to pick out among the masses of Corellas and Cockatoos, Currawongs and Ravens. These really are large falcons, so it is no surprise that they create so much panic. The bird was heading north-east and when it decided to switch from glide to power dive it disappeared in a heartbeat. An unsuspecting pigeon in Watson may have had an unpleasant end to the afternoon!


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