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Wicklow Mountains National Park
Peregrine Falcon chicks

Peregrine Falcon, Fabhcún Gorm, Falco peregrinus

Peregrine Falcons nest in cliffs. The two chicks pictured are covered in white down which they will eventually lose before leaving the nest. The cliff nest is known as an eyrie. The recovery of the falcon from near extinction in Ireland is a conservation success story. Ireland banned the use of DDT, an insecticide which worked its way up the food chain and caused the falcon's eggs to fail. There are now fourteen adult pairs in the Park which are monitored closely and several hundred across the country.


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