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This is what a falcon can do.

 

Murray
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My poor old stock hen, Phryne, was hit by a falcon the other day.

For anyone who has never seen what a peregine falcon can do to a pigeon, well here you go.

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Murray
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That, fortunately, was a 'near miss'.

100 ml the other way, and Phryne would have been a life ring and a few feathers under a tree. 

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Posted by: @murray

My poor old stock hen, Phryne, was hit by a falcon the other day.

For anyone who has never seen what a peregine falcon can do to a pigeon, well here you go.

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She must have been struck when her wings were at the top of the wing beat to have taken out those flight feathers. Usually see them with tail feathers missing or secondaries. 

 


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Murray
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I have never seen one survive a hit like that.

75% of her wings are gone. How she got back to the loft is amazing. She was outside today, and can fly back onto the board with a run up and a lot of flapping. 

The sparrowhawk was back today. The pigeons don't like it. They all run and hide. I think they are more scared of it than the falcon. 

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Posted by: @andy123
Posted by: @murray

My poor old stock hen, Phryne, was hit by a falcon the other day.

For anyone who has never seen what a peregine falcon can do to a pigeon, well here you go.

004

 

She must have been struck when her wings were at the top of the wing beat to have taken out those flight feathers. Usually see them with tail feathers missing or secondaries. 

 

That was my thinking as well, glad she managed to still out do it with them missing like that

 


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This is a cock bird that I had return the next day from a training toss. Although not easy to see the damage, apart from the blood, but he had a large gash down his side and under his wing. He made a full recovery though. 

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She certainly has had a lucky escape.


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Posted by: @andy123

This is a cock bird that I had return the next day from a training toss. Although not easy to see the damage, apart from the blood, but he had a large gash down his side and under his wing. He made a full recovery though. 

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Nice cock he is

 


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Murray
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Yes, he is.

Nice pigeon. 

The bloody hawks don't care. Displeased  

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