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Late in the afternoon one of the fellow "school dads" a keen Twitcher or bird spotter pointed out a majestic looking bird swooping across the front of Alexandra Palace and pursuing a pigeon down the hillside towards the Hornsey gasometer.
It was correctly identified as a young Peregrine Falcon - a remarkable site to see, in front of me - I was delighted to find that several images had been captured by local photographer and Friend of Alexandra Park StephenMid:
>see the images on Flickr
Here's one of the magnificent and rare bird. Stephen's photo shows "nature red in tooth and claw" as the Peregrine Falcon devours a meal of Feral Pigeon.
Peregrine Falcons are usually found nesting in a "scrape" normally on cliff edges I wonder if we might be getting a new resident and exciting addition to the ornithology of Ally Pally?
I hope so.
Great to find out what that is - I see it all the time down by the racetrack in a particular tree. :-)
Brilliant news; whereabouts is the tree or is that too difficult to describe? Thanks.
Sounds like that was same pigeon that I saw it carrying up to the Palace at 3:50pm on Monday.
I was standing on the terrace looking out over London when I heard a great screeching and the Peregrine Falcon swept towards me carrying the dead pigeon before landing on the Palace and eating its prize. An impressive sight.
Experts seem to think that it is an immature male. Apparently 5 or so years back they nested at the back of the Palace. Anyone interested in Peregrine Falcon in London, there are a couple of websites:
It would indeed by superb if it stays around.
Great News. I always wondered when they would arrive. I saw a speedy hawk chasing a smaller one early in the morning a few weeks ago but could not identify it. A peregrine famlly has nested on the Tate Modern Building for some years.- which, if you are a falcon is not very far away. Perhaps this is one of their young who cannot afford inner city rents. Our gain
Check out the RSPB stall by the Boating Lake on Sunday 11am to 2pm.
Amazing, thanks for sharing photos.
The Peregrine is still very much around and I saw it on Saturday and again today. Here is one picture: and links to others that I took today. We are lucky that the bird is not as high up in the sky as in other London locations.
Thanks for sharing these terrific photographs Stephen this one is particularly beautiful>
And another update just in....
This male peregrine is the sole offspring from last year of the breeding pair on the Tate Modern.
Wow - right on our doorstep. Great pictures.
Great pics Stephen, thanks for sharing. Out of curiosity, how did you find out such good info on it's background? My dad's a twitcher visiting in a few weeks and I can smell brownie points in the air with this one!