Rare bird takes up residence at Dearne Valley nature reserve

By Antony Clay | 06/12/2017

Rare bird takes up residence at Dearne Valley nature reserve
Red the peregrine. Picture by Richard Willison

BIRD lovers have the chance to get up close and personal with a rare peregrine falcon which has settled down to stay at a nature reserve.

Red is believed to have been born at Wakefield Cathedral in the summer but has chosen the RSPB’s Old Moor nature reserve in Manvers for a winter staycation.

The predator, which is the fastest creature on the planet reaching speeds of 200 mph, has been practising her hunting skills on the reserve’s plentiful water birds — but has been a more popular sight with the reserve’s human visitors.

Red has been putting herself on show as she chases other birds in front of the hides or sits on a favourite perch on the reserve’s Mere.

Matthew Capper, senior site manager at RSPB Old Moor, said: “There has never been a better chance to see a wild peregrine at close quarters and watching her twist and turn as she chases prey across the reserve is truly awe inspiring.”

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