On my last visit to Moorooduc Quarry I watched as the Peregrines flew across the water and retrieved cached food. One of the falcons flew to a ledge where I suspected it had chicks. I returned to the quarry on Tuesday afternoon and immediately spotted two good size Falcons standing on the ledge watching me. At first I thought they were adults due to their size but on viewing with my binocs I saw the mottled colouring and realised that they were juvenile falcons. I spent some time watching them and then thought about where the parents might be. I turned around to look up at the quarry cliffs and the tall trees and behind me found an adult just staring at me. It soon lost interest as I was too far away to be a threat to it or its chicks. Looking further around the rim I found the other parent high up on a tall gum keeping guard. Four Peregrines in one site visit! – you can’t get much better than that…I am looking forward to dropping in again soon to watch their progress and early flights.
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What a great find again Malt to see the juveniles, and get good pics of them, well done!
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It’s good news the babies have survived and made it this far!
It is good news Emma, and considering the number of prey species located at the quarry reserve, it would be a good site for raising Falcons… I have seen Peregrines at this site for a few years now so I think they are experienced parents. The only thing that worries me is the fairly easy access to the site and the ledge has graffiti above it so kids have been able to climb up to the ledge previously.