Red-footed Falcon near Timahoe (2 of 2)
The Red-footed Falcon is a rare vagrant to Ireland with 22 previous records but five birds have turned up in the last week, 4 at Tacumshin in Co. Wexford and this fermale (probably a first year) at near Timahoe in Co. Kildare. There have been previous influxes in 1991 when five birds turned up in Ballyconnelly in Co. Galway and in 1994 when eight were spread around the country. The pattern of small influxes may be linked to its colonial breeding habits. Its breeding range streches from eastern Europe to central Siberia and it winters in southern Africa. It is replaced in China by the recently separated Amur Falcon that also winters in southern Africa. Taken at long range at 400mm plus a 2x converter and heavily cropped.
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