A Peregrine moment

The Peregrine Falcon is a cosmopolitan bird of prey.

You could travel almost anywhere on earth ( I wish!) and have a reasonable chance of seeing this majestic raptor.

Locally, there are a number of breeding pairs, including this pair at home in the Muckleford bush. The male Peregrine, known as the tiercel, is much smaller than the female – 600 grams versus 900 grams.

Moments after alighting on the perch (third image below) the tiercel flew a few metres to the left and mated with the female … of course I missed the shot as the event was obscured by the canopy!


Peregrine Falcon (female), Muckleford bush, 22nd August 2021


Female perched


Peregrine Falcon (male)





8 responses to “A Peregrine moment

  1. Beautiful bird. Love the last photo. Did the Falcons build that nest or did they take it over? It’s significantly different to that of the Collins St Falcons…

  2. Superb Geoff – I have had the good fortune to help band Peregrine chicks over the last 25 years – always in awe of this species. And Sue, they do not build nests – they will occupy other nests but most often make do with any crevice or ledge on a cliff face.

  3. So do we know who built the nest – it looks pretty large and in good shape. If it was an eagle would they be capable of displacing the peregrines? Or vice versa?

    • Hi Peter, This pair are using an old Wedge-tailed Eagle nest. Wedgies move between nest sites, often reasonably close together, from year to year. I’m not sure who ‘wins’ the eagle v. falcon rental battle. Cheers, geoff

  4. Beautiful birds and wonderful photographs. Thank you for sharing.

  5. That is great moment, great photos

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