Peregrines nesting?

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Subject: Peregrines nesting?
From: "Greg & Robin Czechura" <>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2009 11:57:23 +1000
Assuming that the birds are nesting and not roosting, most Peregrine breeding occurs between July and December across Australia. However, there are records as late as May (or as early as depending on your view - the half-full glass scenario). In southern Queensland, I am aware of 'early' nesting behaviour from late May and recently fledged birds being seen in late May-early June.

It is rare but but not unknown for nesting to occur in Qld into January or late February. The work that Penny has done on Peregrine nesting indicates that climate (rainfall, temperature, etc) is a major influence on timing of nesting. I have received a couple of recent local reports of SEQ Peregrines nesting at the moment which would indicate that something climate related is happening this season. Also, some late nesting by Wedge-tails as well as display behaviour by Accipiter spp and Falco spp has also been reported but these need to be followed up (a couple of reports could be parent with fledgling).

BTW, the only other local raptor that is likely to be found nesting on a cliff is Nankeen Kestrel.


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