snaps Peregrine Falcon on Stert Island from seafront
telescope enthusiast in Burnham-On-Sea has photographed this Peregrine
Falcon on Stert Island this week.
Dye-Hodge Beardsley snapped the bird on Thursday, as pictured,
after spotting it on a pile of drift wood behind an old buoy on
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I believe him to be an immature
bird of some 18 inches in height. He is a regular visitor in the
mornings from about 8am onwards and sits on the wood pile warming
up in preparation for huntings as he may need to fly in excess
of 80mph to catch his food."
he is accompanied by a smaller falcon - perhaps his parent or
even his mate. I have seen him for many mornings when it is warm
and sunny. This is a wonderful opportunity to see this rare bird
from the sea wall in front of the Bay Cafe. A good pair of binoculars
or better still a telescope is needed."
you wish to see this beautiful bird do not leave it too long as
I have previously not seen him on the island much beyond late
October. I am happy to show this bird through my telescope to
all who might like to see it and shall probably be on the front
with my telescope this coming Saturday morning."
2010, Greg spotted a rarely-seen seal on the island, as we reported