Dodg­ing fal­cons

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Hor­sham Rac­ing Pi­geon Club raced from Mil­dura on Satur­day and Ararat on Sun­day with speeds of lead­ing pi­geons in both races prov­ing slower than mem­bers ex­pected.

The club re­leased pi­geons from Mil­dura at 9.30am and lead­ing birds en­tered their lofts five hours and 18 min­utes later.

Pere­grine fal­cons at­tacked the mob of 619 pi­geons shortly after the time of re­lease, which would have pushed many off course.

Typ­i­cally, if rac­ing pi­geons can mob up, they quickly ori­en­tate and head off on their home­ward flight. They can out­fly the fal­cons, but if at­tacked from above, es­pe­cially at the time of re­lease, can scat­ter into smaller mobs, be­come dis­ori­en­tated and record slower over­all ve­loc­ity.

The race from Ararat to Hor­sham proved to be even slower with av­er­age speeds from lead­ing pi­geons 10 percent slower than for the longer flight from Mil­dura.

The Ararat race was into a slight north-west­erly breeze which ac­counted in part for the slow ve­loc­ity.

This was the first race on the south-east line for 2019, which would also pos­si­bly ex­plain the re­sult­ing ve­loc­ity. Re­sults: Mil­dura, 279km air­line flight, Bill Har­ti­gan, five hours, 33 min­utes, 41 sec­onds at an av­er­age of 836.99 me­tres a minute, 1; John Muszki­eta 834.33 2; Paul and Jay­den Mcphee 831.29 3; John Arnott at 820.64 4.

Ararat, 87km, John Muszki­eta, two hours, three min­ues and 24 sec­onds at 707.97mpm 1; The Mcphee fam­ily, 700.08 2; K. H. Hunter 670.98 3; Den­nis Smith, 668.75 4.

The club will race from Mil­dura and Lake Bo­lac to Hor­sham this week­end.

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