Gyr Falcon in Madeira - an escapee from somewhere

On Sunday, the 26th of October 2008 an Gyr Falcon Falco rusticolus was observed in Funchal coast, just near Santiago Fortress. Thanks to Tom McCanna who called to alert Madeira Wind Birds, Catarina & Hugo were able to observe this bird of prey too. This bird had black jesses on both legs and it seemed also two silver thin rings. It is certainly an escapee bird from a Falconry though most probably not from Madeira as there is no knowledge of any falconry in Madeira.

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