Foraging among the flowers

The Lizard family busy feeding on the cliffs around Kynance

Thanks for the pics Steve!

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a close up of white/white, her bill is starting to look more adult like now. Image By Steve Richards

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The Lizard family of 7. Image by Steve Richards

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Pecking is in order. Image by Steve Richards

Falcon friends and neighbours

As we have reported before, many of the choughs in Cornwall have chosen to nest next to peregrines.  They generally rub along together ok – yes the peregrines regularly test the choughs’ speed and aerial skills with blurringly-speedy chases, (scared choughs bolt for the rocks and hide) but the choughs reciprocate and taunt the peregrines by circling over the peregrine’s eyrie, even dive-bombing sitting females.  Here are two young peregrines fresh from their nest ledge caught in a stunning photo sent in to us by John who was holidaying nearby and saw them perched up and zooming around the cliffs.  They are already reported to be ‘making friends’ in true falcon fashion with this young male chough sporting the green stripey and brown and white rings.  Luckily, this bird has a year’s worth of experience to draw on so will just get on with life, but with more of an eye to the sky as he will surely be the target of more practice runs.

 

Young peregrines on the lookout. Image by John Rainer

Young peregrines on the lookout. Image by John Rainer

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The neighbours flying in to visit. Image by John Rainer

The neighbours flying in to visit. Image by John Rainer