Peregrine hunting bats

Subject: Peregrine hunting bats
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Thu, 30 Jan 1997 09:18:37 +1000 (EET)
G'day ozbirders

When I was in Java recently, I observed a Javan Peregrine (Falco
peregrinus ernesti) hunting emerging microbats (Chaerophon plicata) from a
cave on the south coast of West Java.  _C. plicata_ is a medium sized
microbat.  I didn't actually see the bird succeed, but I was distracted by
the spectacle of the 2 million emerging bats, and it disappeared soon
after the bats emerged. 

I've seen Australian Hobbies hunt bats, but not Peregrines.  Has anyone
else observed Peregrines hunting microbats (I've read somewhere that
Fijian Peregrines knock off the odd flying-fox). 

Thanks in advance

Lawrie Conole
Geelong, Victoria, Australia


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