View Peregrine Falcons At Tate Modern

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View Peregrine Falcons At Tate Modern
List of avians spotted today. Pterosaurs not included.
List of avians spotted today. Pterosaurs not included.
A screen plays archive footage of a peregrine nest.
A screen plays archive footage of a peregrine nest.
Buy your own peregrine. The toys make realistic sounds, said to scare away pigeons.
Buy your own peregrine. The toys make realistic sounds, said to scare away pigeons.
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In what is now something of an annual tradition, the RSPB have once again set up their falcon-watching platform on Bankside. Visitors can peer into telescopes to see the Tate Modern's very own pair of peregrine falcons, dubbed Misty and Bert.

Members of the RSPB are on hand to educate the public about these magnificent creatures. We learnt that the falcon only returned to central London about a decade ago, following their local elimination during WWII (the birds were supposedly a threat to carrier pigeons, and shot down). Around 20 falcons now make their home in London, a number thought to be close to saturation for such highly territorial birds. Misty and Bert do not nest on Tate Modern, but use its chimney as a vantage point for hunting.

The observation platform will remain in place until 12 September, and is open from 12-7pm daily.

Last Updated 18 July 2010