Further Falcon Antics

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Subject: Further Falcon Antics
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Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2004 17:19:08 +1000 0,5936,9735960%255E3102,00.html

Frodo goes for clean sweep
Brendan O'Malley

MANAGEMENT at a luxury Brisbane highrise apartment block fears more attacks from Frodo the falcon within a month, when window cleaners start work.

The Courier-Mail captured dramatic pictures yesterday of the feisty peregrine falcon buzzing a couple in Admiralty Towers One while they were cleaning their balcony.

Late last month, Admiralty Towers Two resident Jan Erdem was hit on the back of the head while standing on her 26th-floor balcony.

Admiralty Towers One manager Leon Azar reported no sightings or complaints recently but had occasionally seen Frodo and his mate, Frieda, during summer.

"We are currently going through a tender process for cleaning the windows, so there could be some more activity when that work begins," Mr Azar said. "They seem to be around more often in the mornings and then disappear later in the day."

Admiralty Towers Two manager Wendy Strano said she had also been hit on the head by one of the birds, but the problem seemed to occur mainly at times when the birds were very active.

Frodo and Frieda became world celebrities last spring when The Courier-Mail set up a webcam near the nest while their four eggs were being incubated.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service ranger Kate Kraschnefski predicted Frodo would be defending his territory more aggressively from now on, even though no eggs would be laid for several months.

Ms Kraschnefski said the territory was clearly very good for rearing chicks, so Frodo would have an interest in defending it all year round.

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