The classic image of a falcon is of one in a full stoop diving at tremendous speed. Found more widely across the world than the any other bird, the Peregrine specialises at this method in catching birds out of the sky. Our pair have been very successful at rearing a number of chicks each year.
This large, Endangered falcon is found typically in the grasslands of central Asia. The range does extend to small eastern Europe populations and in winter NE Africa. The diet is mostly made up of small mammals. Luke demonstrates how they will also hunt birds.
Although rather numerous, these smaller falcons are classified as NEAR THREATENED due to a worrying decline in populations. Hunting mainly insects in their disappearing Eurasian Steppe habitat. They migrate to southern Africa for the winter.
In Africa Lanner Falcons are a successful, widespread hunter of open areas. Birds, often caught near waterholes, make up the majority of their diet. There is also a very small, declining population in Mediterranean Europe.
Greater (or White-eyed) Kestrel
A large Kestrel, chiefly found in the dry grasslands of southern Africa. They will typically hunt a wide variety of insects and beetles. Unlike the other falcons, whose eyes appear black, the Greater Kestrel has a pale iris.