PEREGRINE FALCON

I am open to correction on this identification. It is very similar to a number of other raptors including the black and brown falcons, the brown goshawk and the collared sparrowhawk. There seemed to be a family group of up to six in my front yard for a while during February and March 2005. It proved almost impossible to photograph them as they were very shy of any human presence.

This was taken through a rather dirty (we had just had a dust storm) window looking down onto my verandah.

I opened my door very slowly and was able to get this picture as it obviously thought there was a threat but wasn't quite alarmed enough to fly away. Instead it went into a prey-protection stance.

These were all taken looking through that same dirty window.

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