Feather abnormality

While ringing this year, we came across three Peregrine chicks with feather abnormalities. Interestingly there was one with the same problem in the same eyrie three years ago.

Has anyone else come across this before?

Photos: Sussex Peregrine Study ©

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Photo: Paul Loader ©

In February 2009 an adult male Peregrine was picked up injured on Western Road in Brighton. He had a gash in his side and it was assumed he had been hit by a car. He was taken to the RSPCA and subsequently transferred to their Rehabilitation facility at RSPCA Mallydams Wood, Hastings, where he was treated and put into an aviary to recover.

Photo:Sussex Peregrine Study ©

He made a quick recovery and by March 18th, was ready to be released.
It was decded to put rings on him and so he was fitted with a B.T.O. metal ring and also a green Darvic, No. 34

Photos: Sussex Peregrine Study ©

Later the same day he was taken to Ditchling Beacon and released by Ruth from the RSPCA in Brighton.

Photo: Sussex Peregrine Study ©

Within approximately 15 minutes of his release he was filmed 10km away in a shocking fight with another Peregrine in the nest box on Sussex Heights in Brighton. He came off second best .........and we assumed the worst had happened.

Photo: Brian and Andy Smith (Sussex Heights Peregrines) ©

Later in 2009 however, he was seen again, this time on the old Lloyds TSB building in Durrington, Worthing.

Photo: Pip Harmer ©

By 2011, he had been joined by a female and in 2013 they hatched and reared one young.

Photo: Pip Harmer ©

In 2014 they laid eggs again but didn't succeed that year. The top of the building, now derelict, provided very little shelter from the elements and had several pairs of nesting gulls.

Photo: Sussex Peregrine Study ©

The former Lloyds building had to undergo extensive development in 2015, so it was decided to put up a nest box while the building work was undertaken to make sure when everything was finished they had a better nest site to return to.

Photo: Sussex Peregrine Study ©

The development is now complete, the nest box and new perches, which replace the 'Lloyds' lettering they used to roost on, are in place, so where are the Peregrines?... the answer is 1.8 miles away at Manor Lea block of flats, which has been their home for the last year.

Photo: Paul Loader ©

They also use the local churches as a vantage point......thanks to Paul Loader for these wonderful pictures.

Photo: Paul Loader ©

We will wait and see if the new box will lure them back to Durrington....


photo diary 2015

May 2015

One of our Darvic rings has been photographed in Belgium, some 280km away from where it was ringed in 2011, here is a picture on ringing day and four years later caught on camera. Its great to know that this baby survived to be a healthy adult, hopefully it will be seen again one day. Many thanks to Werner Van Mele for showing us his fabulous photograph.

Photo: Sussex Peregrine Study

Photo: Werner Van Mele

Photo: Werner Van Mele


photo diary 2014

APRIL 2014
The first thing we look for when we see a falcon is a DARVIC RING, we have ringed over 150 Peregrines in Sussex since the study began and this has helped us to understand how far our Sussex population disperses after they leave the nest and if they return to breed, how many years they stay productive as a breeding bird. The female below is now 12 years old.


We use a digital camera attached to a telescope (digiscoping). A peregrine can be standing as far as 100m up a cliff and the ring can still be readable when magnified and sharpened on a computer. This female's ring was clearly seen as she began to preen.




As the same peregrine stretches it shows the feathers of its wing clearly, from this we can see the stage of its moult and look at its overall condition,colouration etc.


This 'headless' peregrine shows that photographing peregrines for research is not usually about getting perfect images.

We leave that to the worlds top peregrine photographers: ROB PALMER and NICK DUNLOP