First peregrine falcon nest on Vlieland island

This video says about itself:

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) at beach, timid about taking a bath

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) at the beach tentatively approaches the water and comes back out before finally deciding to bathe.

Peter de Boer (of Dutch Sovon bird research) and Dutch Vlieland warden Carl Zuhorn write today of the first time ever, as far as is known, that a peregrine falcon couple has nested on the island. This species is still rather rare in the Netherlands: about 150 couples.

The nest is on the Vliehors sandy plain, in the west of Vlieland.

The couple started breeding about 10 May 2016 on the sandy ground. One young falcon, a female, hatched. Her mother had been ringed: she was born on 21 May 2010 on Trischen island in the German Wadden Sea.

The parents fed their daughter mainly carrier pigeons, starlings and waders. Remarkable that carrier pigeons were the main prey in this area with many waders.

On 1 July 2016, the young peregrine was ringed. She fledged on 18 July.

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