Re: Peregrine takes wader

Subject: Re: Peregrine takes wader
From: (chris dahlberg)
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 1998 11:32:44 +1000 (EST)
>To: Jill Dening <>
>From:  (chris dahlberg)
>Subject: Re: Peregrine takes wader
>Hi Jill
>        This coming time of the year, at Daintree we get to see Peregrines
more than at any other time. I wonder if they follow the migrating birds?
Dollarbirds are moving through at present along with Sacred Kingfishers,
Rainbow bee-eaters etc etc. I also expect a Swamp Harrier soon, that seems
to arrive about the time of the bulk of Cattle Egrets arrive after breeding.
There is a male Peregrine here at present feeding on Metallic Starlings.
>        Other things of interest is the successful fledging of a
Great-billed Heron chick and a Papuan Frogmouth brooding a chick (I am
reasonably sure this is a double clutch as the same pair? had a fledgling
before we went on holidays) nevertheless it is a very late nest.
>        Its good to be back at work. Little Kingfishers everwhere!
>Chris Dahlberg
>>Sunshine Coast, Queensland
>>One wader, which was preparing for its imminent and perilous journey
>>northwards, unexpectedly found its ultimate destination inside the stomach
>>of a Peregrine Falcon.
>>A group of birdwatchers at the Toorbul  high tide wader roost was admiring
>>the bright new plumage of a flock of about a couple of thousand waders,
>>when a Peregrine flashed in from the west, over the treetops, and was upon
>>the flock before they had sensed its presence. A moment later, every other
>>wader was airborne, as the Peregrine settled on the mudflat with its prey,
>>which was possibly a Curlew Sandpiper.
>>The peregrine gave the watchers a couple of minutes clear viewing from a
>>distance of about a hundred metres, before it flew off. The waders settled
>>back to the roost.
>>A few minutes later the Peregrine returned, this time appearing to play
>>with the flock, rather than seriously hunting, but did not stay long. The
>>waders had very long necks for the next ten minutes or so, but the
>>Peregrine did not return.
>>Jill Dening

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