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« on: March 16, 2007, 13:05 PM »
Dear All
Great sighting yesterday evening, from my Terrace in Leon. A Peregrine Falcon ( Esp. Halcon Perigrino) (Latin. Falco perigrinus) flew over the terrrace turned and went back in the direction of the Cathedral. I had long suspected they were there, having caught brief glimpses over the years, of what I suspected was a Pergrine, this time it was definite.
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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2007, 13:45 PM »
Greetings,
Nice sighting. Are we talking city centre or outskirts? If the former, just flying through or on the hunt?
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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2007, 13:51 PM »
Dear Technopat
I am talking within 400 metres of the city centre, Leon is quite small, not certain about the purpose of the flight, it has plenty of prey (pigeons) quite close perhaps like all the people in Leon it likes a Paseo before retiring
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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2007, 14:40 PM »
And its tapas!
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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2007, 16:34 PM »
Hullo Dave,

There is a pair of peregrines which nests every year on the cathedral in Chichester (which is on the other side of the water, in the land of the big grey cloud). Despite the fact that there are plenty of pigeons on hand in the cathedral precincts, the peregrines prefer to fly off and hunt on the edges of the nearby harbour.
Having noticed this – and noticed that the pigeons are quite unperturbed by the presence of the raptors – I had a word with the chaps from the RSPB. (There is always a gang of them hanging about, with their mega telescopes, while the birds are nesting; they televise the whole show, from first egg to last fledging.) Apparently the peregrines are not at all dangerous to the other birds while they are at the same altitude. They hunt – and kill – by climbing high and then descending at fantastic speed. I expect you already know that they are “the fastest creature on earth”;  they can dive “at 200 km per hour” (RSPB).
Whereas, if you see a sparrowhawk he is almost certainly on the prowl, if you see a peregrine flapping along he is probably just travelling from a to b - or taking a paseo, as you said. If you see one high up in the sky, WATCH HIM! You might be lucky enough to see him catch his supper!
I hope you see him (or her) again. If they decided to nest on the cathedral in Leon then presumably you will see them often.

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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2007, 23:25 PM »
Greetings Jill,
Interesting stuff.
Why would a sparrowhawk almost certainly be on the prowl - does s/he/it not usually stir from its nest otherwise?
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Technopat

Ps. Now that the powers-that-be are too busy to notice, don't forget we're only allowed 'passing references' to 'you-know-where' and other lands. We can get away with talking about everything else, however indirectly related to Iberianature - some interesting stuff going on at the curry thread, for instance - but naming Chichester Cathedral definitely crosses the line. If you'd left it at "on the other side of the water, in the land of the big grey cloud" ...
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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2007, 17:09 PM »
Interesting short documentary about peregrines in Madrid
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5378591365152446730&hl=es
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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2007, 22:34 PM »
Nick
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« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2007, 23:42 PM »
Greetings Nick,

An amazing site (geddit?)

Congratulations!
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« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2007, 00:33 AM »
hello All,

Here is sunny and smelly Tarrgagona Peregrins are encouraged in order to keep the pigeons down. I'm not sure how it's done in detail, whether there is a 'keeper' or whatever, but it's common to see a kill on the Balcon de Mediterraneo!

Splendid, but utterly useless in reducing the poops level!

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« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2007, 10:32 AM »
Video here in El Mundo of peregrine chicks in Madrid being assailed by paparazzi

http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2007/05/21/ciencia/1179753949.html

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« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2007, 13:50 PM »
Nick
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« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2007, 19:22 PM »
It’s the time of year when the young Peregrines on Montjuic can be seen getting in their flight practice.  This morning I saw two chasing each other up and down the cliffs, occasionally buzzing a seagull.  Then a third one joined in – they all looked the same size to me.  Do you know how many chicks have hatched this year Nick?