Burton Mail

Hungry falcons are snapped taking a coffee break at Nestlé factory

- By JENNY MOODY jennifer.moody@reachplc.com @Jenny_moody85

PEREGRINE falcons that have made a South Derbyshire factory their home have been captured on camera having a bite to eat.

The birds are known for having a black “moustache” and striking white face.

They have taken up residence at the Nestle factory in Marston Lane, Hatton.

Photograph­er Len Milner captured these shots of two of the birds having a spot of lunch – eating what appears to be a smaller bird – on the top of one of the towers.

He entitled the pictures “Peregrine Falcons at the Nestle complex in Tutbury, having lunch”.

It starts with one of the birds holding the smaller bird – and then it is seen sharing it with a fellow falcon.

The birds are known to nest on the towers at Nestle, and the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has previously said they never rarely leave the factory, having confused its big white towers for limestone cliffs.

According to the RSPB, the peregrine is a large and powerful falcon with long, broad, pointed wings and a relatively short tail.

It is blue-grey above, with a blackish top of the head and an obvious black “moustache” on its white face.

They are known to breed on uplands of the north and west and rocky sea coasts in the UK.

The RSPB says on its website: “Peregrines were at a low point in the 1960s due to human persecutio­n and the impact of pesticides in the food chain.

“Improved legislatio­n and protection has helped the birds to recover and they have now expanded into many urban areas.

“However, they are still persecuted - birds are illegally killed to prevent predation on game birds and racing pigeons.

“They also have eggs and chicks taken for collection­s and falconry.”

The peregrine falcons eat medium-sized birds, such as wading birds, pigeons and small ducks.

 ??  ?? These peregrines were photograph­ed sharing a small bird between them by Len Milner at the Nestle factory in Hatton
These peregrines were photograph­ed sharing a small bird between them by Len Milner at the Nestle factory in Hatton

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