Q: Peregrine or Hobby speed of flight?

To: Philip Veerman <>, 'Jean Casburn' <>, 'canberrabirds' <>
Subject: Q: Peregrine or Hobby speed of flight?
From: David Rees <>
Date: Tue, 5 Nov 2019 05:33:16 +0000

In addition to what has been said Hobbies will  'connect' with prey from underneath, destroying their velocity in a calculated way to ensure connection in order to grab the item.  I've seen both  Australian and  Eurasian Hobbies do this, when catching large insects like dragonflies.

For those who have not seen it, I managed to film an Australian Hobby do just this in Leeton, NSW last Autumn, can be seen here

Doubt a Peringine would bother, and I've never seen one hunt like this.


On 2/11/2019 9:05 am, Philip Veerman wrote:

Actually on level flight that is not something that you can use as a reliable guide. They will both fly fast on level flight. In top gear level flight Peregrines are probably faster but not to the extent that you could necessarily tell them apart at a distance. The speed for which the Peregrines are famous are the stoop, which is very distinctive. and apart from a short chase downwards sometimes, the Hobby doesn’t do that. Hobbies only rarely fly slowly on level or soaring flight, whereas Peregrines regularly do.




From: Jean Casburn [m("","casburnj");">]
Sent: Saturday, 2 November, 2019 8:25 AM
To: canberrabirds
Subject: [canberrabirds] Q: Peregrine or Hobby speed of flight?


This morning seen in the distance a dark bird with very pointed wings flying very fast and strongly – at first I thought Hobby, but on second thought the speed was so fast maybe Peregrine.  Do any watchers know if a Hobby can fly as fast as a Peregrine?

 Noisy Friarbirds have invaded my location, along with Red Wattle Birds noisy Yellow-faced Honeyeaters, Silvereye and of course Blackbirds – all calling, clearly heard with widows open.  Frequent chasing flapping of wings, snapping bills, and even screams of terror from the Friarbirds at times.


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