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Monday, June 11, 2012

Peregrine Falcon at Goomburra!! 11/06/12

While driving to Goomburra to go bush walking early this morning, Brendon spotted a bird feeding on something in a paddock not far from the road. He stopped the car quickly, saying that it looked like a Peregrine Falcon! We both jumped out in a hurry with the cameras and can say without a doubt that the bird was a Peregrine Falcon. We took many pictures (sadly many blury) as the bird took off at great speeds, circling and making a constant kak kak kak noise. We watched it fly off into the hills and come back to chase off a crow that was after its meal. It seemed to have been eating a dead black bird in the paddock, either a crow or currawong we think. We thought we could hear another bird in the trees nearby making the same sound but couldnt see anything from where we were. We stayed and watched it as it flew up to the hills and landed in a tree. An extremely exciting sighting on a freezing rainy day! My first ever Peregrine Falcon Sighting!!  Judi Gray.

The pictures unfortunately aren't the best, but they are enough to prove the Identity!  The bird moved very quickly across the sky and as it was very overcast and dark, many of the pictures are poor quality. 




4 comments:

  1. Well done! Always nice to get a new bird unexpectedly. You never know what may turn up.

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  2. Thanks John! It was fantastic as the weather was so misserable, not ideal for bird watching or bushwalking at all...it was an amazing morning!

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  3. Congrats on the peregrine. Your photos are pretty good for a first time encounter. Not an easy bird to photo in flight especially with a background and poor weather. Not bad at all.

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  4. Thanks Russell, I was just so thrilled to witness it!! It was such an exciting sighting, the falcon was so vocal, it was an amazing display.. Im not too worried about the poor photos, just pleased they were enough for a positive I.d for those who may hace questioned our sighting.

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