Cathedrals and Peregrines

On  a recent visit to our old university stamping ground (University of East Anglia, Norwich), we were walking by Norwich Cathedral when Mary spotted a peregrine falcon perched on the spire ...

Photo 1: Norwich Cathedral (with perched peregrine)

I think you would agree that that was a particularly impressive spot considering she hadn't seen it land!! What gave away the falcon was one of the many decorative (?) stones traversing up the spire had a slightly different shape. Perhaps you can spot the falcon in this close-up (x5 zoom) captured on my Pixel Pro 7 ...

Photo 2: Close-up of Norwich Cathedral Spire

I suppose I should also mention that we had heard there were resident peregrine falcons - hence the presence of the Hawk and Owl Trust display unit nearby (see Photo 1). In case you didn't spot the falcon in Photo 2, I've highlighted it in Photo 3.

Photo 3: Peregrine on Norwich Cathedral

At full x30 digital zoom on the Pixel 7 Pro, the falcon is clearly discernible ...

Photo 4: Peregrine, Norwich Cathedral (22/5/24)

You can see a live stream of the Norwich Cathedral Peregrines (courtesy of the Hawk and Owl Trust) here.

Peregrine falcons seem to have taken a particular liking to English Cathedrals. The reasons are fairly obvious: tall inaccessible structures, akin to their natural cliff and mountainside habitat, where they can safely nest and there is a ready supply of feral pigeons for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The following cathedrals, in addition to Norwich, have resident peregrines - most, if not all, now have webcams operating:


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