Peregrine Falcon

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Subject: Peregrine Falcon
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2001 22:32:15 +1100
Hi Birders,
Anthony Katon, after witnessing a Peregrine with prey being mobbed by other birds, asked if other people have had that experience too! The answer is yes, I suspect that many of us have seen Peregrines stooping at prey (death from the air!) and sometimes being successful in catching their prey. A quick glance though HANZAB and I counted 135 species of bird in Australia recorded as being prey of Peregrine Falcons. There are probably more!
Some interesting prey items that I have encounted include a Bar-tailed Godwit taken by a Peregrine at Mow Rock near Binnaway NSW, a long way from any wetland; A Peregrine down at Nadgee Nature Reserve (NSW far south coast) feeding on a freshly dead Little Pied Cormorant, presumable taken as it flew across the sandbar connecting Little River Lagoon from the sea; on Bird Island Nature Reserve off Norah Head on the NSW Central Coast, White-faced Storm-Petrels, Wedge-tailed and Short-tailed Shearwaters appear to be the daily fare in summer, Prions and Fluttering Shearwaters in winter; and no matter where the eyrie is situated one invariably finds a racing pigeon ring below the nest!
Alan Morris 
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