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Damien speaks to John Duggan of Hawkeye Falconry about birds of prey

Damien speaks to John Duggan of Hawkeye Falconry about birds of prey Damien speaks to John Duggan of Hawkeye Falconry about birds of prey
Mary O'Neill

A peregrine falcon is thought to have taken up lodgings high up in the roof of Christchurch Cathedral in Waterford City.  The bird seems to be making life difficult for the local pigeon population.

Locals and business owners alike have spotted the bird of prey in the area. This prompted much discussion both on The Big Breakfast Blaa with Vinny and Aoibhin, and on Deise Today with Damien Tiernan.

An expert on birds of prey gave his thoughts

"In the natural world there's nothing moves faster than a Peregrine once it goes into a dive," John Duggan of Hawkeye Falconry told Damien on Deise Today. John went onto say that the birds have been clocked at travelling at speeds of 320 kilometers an hour.

John said while he doubts the peregrine falcons are nesting at Christchurch, it is something that should be encouraged.

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I used to go down around the area by the Bishop's Palace when I was in my teens and watch the peregrine falcon come into roost on that building... so there might have been a lull in activity there for a while and now one has come back."

Listen back..

If you want to hear the full interview with John Duggan you can click on the link in the feature image.

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