Posts Tagged ‘Peregrine

20
Mar
18

Spots and Dots

I remember the first time I saw a Snowy Owl. It was in the middle of a large dark windswept Lincolnshire field. The bird appeared in Norfolk towards the end of it’s stay. I saw it then too. I’ve also seen a couple more since but they are one of those enigmatic birds you just have to see. So when one turned up at Titchwell last weekend I just felt obligated to go and see it.

It was distant. I mean, really distant. A scope pulled out a little more detail, but it was still a long way away. A dot on the horizon. However, it was still good to see.

With so many other focusing in on the owl it was a shame the nearby Spotted Redshank got such little attention. Even the flyby Peregrine got short thrift from the assembled masses. All in all the day was a collection of spots and dots.

 

06
Dec
16

On the lookout

On tour last week this Meadow Pipit was tightrope walking on a gate at BuckenhamFen. I couldn’t help thinking he was looking over my shoulder all the time … at the perched Peregrine!

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03
May
16

Scattered

As we sat in the hide at Cley watching Black tailed Godwits they all of a sudden scattered. The reason; the largest female Peregrine I’ve seen in a long while came screaming in across the scrape at breakneck speed.

Peregrine

15
May
13

You can run but you can’t hide

Seen on one of our tours at the beginning of the month.

Heineken don’t do Pigeons … but if they did …

Peregrine

07
Feb
12

Alarm Bells

We walked among the dunes on our tour of North East Norfolk the other day, and as we did so a falcon swept by us.

It came from behind so it was in view just a moment or two before it dipped out of sight. I got the impression of a Peregrine; but something wasn’t quite right. The bird was bulky and dark; far too dark and far too large for a Peregrine and I may just have seen a telemetry aerial bend away from the tail feathers as the bird banked away behind the dunes.

As we walked on we could see the falcon in the distance towering and then diving into the dunes, even hovering at times as it repeatedly stooped. It was mobbing something. It had found something in the dunes it just did not like.

It wasn’t long before we discovered what it was. From the long marram grass rose the distinctive shape and form of a Rough legged Buzzard. The two sparred as they flew into the distance continuing their spat with both birds ducking and diving.

Some 30 minutes later as we walked back to the vehicle the falcon again did a close pass. This time I fired of a shot confirming we indeed were dealing with a falconer’s bird. It perched, charming little bells rang that were attached to its leg and jess harnesses became visible. The suspicion is that this is maybe one of the eastern race Peregrines.

Someone is missing a costly, not so little, companion.




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