Falcon on Tiritiri Matangi Island

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Falcon on Tiritiri Matangi Island

Postby simon.fordham » Sun May 19, 2019 3:33 pm

There is a Facebook posting, with pictures, of a juvenile falcon on the Island last weekend. This is the first record since the restoration project began, some 35 years ago.
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Re: Falcon on Tiritiri Matangi Island

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Mon May 20, 2019 7:06 am

It will be interesting to see how long it stays and what impact it has. I guess there might be some who would rather it move on, but it is a great sign of a recovering ecosystem to have a top predator back.
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Re: Falcon on Tiritiri Matangi Island

Postby zarkov » Tue May 21, 2019 6:22 pm

I imagine a Falcon would be come as a nasty shock for most of the resident birds.

They've had it pretty sweet there for a while.
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Re: Falcon on Tiritiri Matangi Island

Postby simon.fordham » Tue May 21, 2019 7:26 pm

Really Zarkov? What about the harriers, moreporks, pukeko, black-backed gulls etc.? The effects of one falcon, particularly as it is likely to be transient, would be negligible.
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Re: Falcon on Tiritiri Matangi Island

Postby simon.fordham » Tue May 21, 2019 9:45 pm

Here is a photo, courtesy of Simon Nicholas.

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This was taken at around 3.00 PM, Saturday 11 May, on the lower end of the Kawerau Track.
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Re: Falcon on Tiritiri Matangi Island

Postby zarkov » Tue May 21, 2019 10:54 pm

simon.fordham wrote:Really Zarkov? What about the harriers, moreporks, pukeko, black-backed gulls etc.? The effects of one falcon, particularly as it is likely to be transient, would be negligible.


It was a tongue in cheek comment.

If you're a bird on Tiri, encountering a falcon would be an unwelcome addition to the local predator list.
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Re: Falcon on Tiritiri Matangi Island

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Wed May 22, 2019 8:52 pm

Who's it having afternoon tea with? Yellow feet.

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