Off Topic For anyone interested in Peregrine Falcons. This is fantastic.

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  1. Dick Lexic

    Dick Lexic Well-Known Member

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    Peregrine falcon. Live mainly on pigeons. There was a pair nesting on Lincoln Cathedral a couple of years ago and they were tracked as far the Humber in their search for food. Amazing birds, from memory, the fastest in flight and when they drop on their prey from a great height it really is a sight to behold.
    There are several sightings of them nesting in city centres.
    Lovely video.
     
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  2. Qatartiger Cambridgetiger

    Qatartiger Cambridgetiger Well-Known Member

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    Its great just to follow them from now till fledging and all the problems they suffer. I think that is the male there now. Was there.
     
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  3. BLUE_MOUNTAINS_BEAR

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    Bought a new Triumph Spitfire when working in South Africa(mid-60's). Driving it back home to Sasolburg from Johannesburg saw ahead a small herd of cattle about to be coaxed over the road.
    Slowed down and all crossed except one who decided to come back on the road and finished sprawled across the bonnet. Scrambled away appearing unhurt but left dents and hoof scratches on the bonnet plus a badly damaged front.

    Such is life!

    Back on topic a couple of years ago my sister sent me a calendar with pictures of her and husband with a large bird of prey perched on their gloved arms. Bird was brown in colour with a blueish tip at the end of the beak with a white band across it's tail.
    She said the photo was taken out in the countryside near Hull.
     
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  4. Arnold_Lane_HCFC_

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    Yes, yes, yes. However, it was a Kestrel. The colouring was definitely Kestrel. I watched it for a good 15 mins or so and thought it was a Sparrowhawk at first because it surprised me that it (Kestrel) would have something almost the same size at it, usually they're picking up mice and the like. I've seen it a few times out the back, but not seen a Sparrowhawk at anytime.
     
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    It's highly unlikely to be a kestrel taking a pigeon Arnie, they're far too small and certainly not quick enough - the kestrel colouring could be down to perhaps an escaped hybrid, I know a keeper who has Lanner and Saker falcon crosses, they have similar colouring to a kestrel.
     
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  6. John Ex Aberdeen now E.R.

    John Ex Aberdeen now E.R. Well-Known Member

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    Is this a Peregrine falcon, I did a bit of this at Gleneagles a few years ago, I can't remember what they said the bird was at the time?


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  7. BLUE_MOUNTAINS_BEAR

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    Exactly the same markings as photo's of the bird referred to in my post No 43.
    Where are the twitchers?
     
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  8. Qatartiger Cambridgetiger

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    Looks suspiciously like a buzzard to me, it's not a peregrine.
     
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  11. John Ex Aberdeen now E.R.

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  12. John Ex Aberdeen now E.R.

    John Ex Aberdeen now E.R. Well-Known Member

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    Buzzards are bigger than that, we have one that frequented where I used to live in Scotland. I have a feeling it might be a Harrier Hawk, that name seems familiar, and checking pictures looks similar.
     
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    I thought the plumage was too dark for a harrier, plumage is certainly buzzard-like; only thing I was sure of is that it wasn't a peregrine :emoticon-0148-yes:
     
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    From my sisters several photos, including one flying overhead showing a white band of tail feathers, I also would go for a Northern Harrier Hawk.
     
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  16. BrAdY

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    that's a golden eagle i believe john
    common in scotland
    or a white tailed eagle
     
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  17. John Ex Aberdeen now E.R.

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    I thought Golden Eagles were larger, but I bow to you superior knowledge, as I have no idea.
     
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    It's just a suspicion, might be a white tailed eagle but i am no expert
     
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