A Falcon Success Story!
The Victorian Peregrine Project (VPP) monitors the breeding success of Peregrine Falcons across Victoria which includes banding nestlings, and recording details of adults at nest sites. The Project also provides advice to industry and land managers on nest site management.
The VPP has worked with site managers throughout Victoria to enhance over 20 nest sites, including one on a ledge of level 32, 367 Collins Street in Melbourne.
Last year a more unusual request came from Consultant Engineers at the Exxon-Mobil Oil Refinery in Altona. Peregrine Falcons had been breeding on top of a disused tower which was due to be removed. The VPP helped site managers try to relocate the Peregrine Falcons by suggesting a new nest box site location, 17m up on a concrete sulphur exhaust tower.
The previous nesting tower was removed in early September 2017. By November staff had noticed increased activity at the new nest site and used a drone to take photos of the nest box. Three large nestlings, barely a week away from fledging were seen in the box.
Based on the age of the nestlings, it appears the adults adopted the new nest site before the removal of the disused tower. The VPP will continue to monitor nest sites across Victoria in Spring 2018.
Photo: supplied by Victor Hurley