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New Zealand Falcon Film Video Footage


Cascade Cove, Dusky Sound, Fiordland - on 11 April 2011 Peter Hayes and Graham McBride managed to capture some great footage of a juvenile NZ falcon. To view this footage click here

Waikanae, Kapiti Coast, Wellington - on 25 April 2012 Kelvin Holford filmed an encounter between a juvenile female NZ falcon and a Kereru. The Kereru did manage in the end to fly away safely. To view this footage click here

South Branch Temple Stream, Lake Ohau, South Canterbury – on 22 November 2009 Dave Bell managed to capture a short clip of a very protective female falcon as she vigerously defended her nest that was just off the track. To view this footage click here.

Waiiti, North Taranaki – on 18 June 2010 Eric Kesler filmed a falcon plucking a Silvereye it had caught at Gavin and Sue Stilwell’s orchard Awatotara. To view this footage click here.

Kaimanawa Mountains, Taupo – Bob Ramsay captured great footage of a juvenile falcon, what is amazing about this clip is the very audible ‘begging/whining’ calls from the falcon. To view this footage click here.

Stony Tarn, Glenmore Station, Lake Tekapo – on 13 November 2010 Roelant Hofmans filmed a juvenile falcon perched on small rock, that only on close approach flew away calling. To view this footage click here.

Wairangi, Southen Wairarapa - in the early 1970's Bob Badland from Upper Hutt was hunting at Wairangi, in the Southern Wairarapa when he managed to film a juvenile falcon. What is a very interesting side note is that Bob's son now hunts in the same area and NZ falcon are still present! To view this footage click here.

Mangaohane Station, Taihape - on 3 June 2007 John Montgomerie filmed this adult NZ falcon. To view this footage click here.

North Branch Hurunui River, North Canterbury - on 22 October 2006 Graham Sutherland filmed an adult NZ falcon dive-bombing, a known nest was close by. To view this footage click here.

Lake Ohau, South Canterbury - on 12 December 2007 Struan McCaskill also filmed a friend being dive-bombed by a NZ falcon, obviously defending a nest. To view this footage click here.

NZ Falcon vs White-faced Heron - On 28 April 2012 whilst fishing in the Nokomai Gorge on the Mataura River in Southland, Rick Gerrard witnessed a NZ falcon and a White-faced Heron (also known as Blue Heron) having “quite a scrap mid-air over the river”. It was obvious that the falcon was getting the better of the encounter and the heron tired and landed in the river for a breather, but the falcon continued with one more “substantial smack” that appeared to be the end for the heron. The falcon then proceeded to tow/swim with the heron towards the river bank. By this time Rick had his camera out and managed to capture the final part of this unique event. To view this footage click here.

Inquisitive Juvenile NZ Falcon - On 26 February 2014 close to the outlet creek for Lake Alexandrina in the Mackenzie Country, Steve Prattley captured some very unique footage of an inquisitive juvenile NZ falcon that “flew down from an adjacent    tree” and “showed no fear” as it “walked around” only 2 metres away from him.  Very obviously the first human this young NZ falcon had encountered.  To view this footage click here.

Juvenile NZ falcon in Fiordland - For 10 days in April 2014 whilst staying at Worsley Hut on the shores of Lake Te Anau in Fiordland, Kim Dawick and fellow hunters had the company of a juvenile NZ falcon of which some awesome video footage was taken.  Including a number of successful attempts to feed it, with the falcon once catching the offering on the wing and also observing the falcon with its own prey of a White-faced Heron. To view this footage click here.

Wet Jacket Arm, Dusky Sound, Fiordland – On 12 April 2015 Graham McBride filmed a juvenile NZ falcon with a prey item that it was plucking. To view this footage click here.

Two NZ falcons, 2 White-faced Herons over 2 days – in late April 2016 George and Denise McNie from Upper Kawhatau, east of Mangaweka and close to the Ruahine Ranges observed and filmed a juvenile female NZ falcon “taking down” a White-faced Heron (also commonly known as Blue Herron). There were in fact two falcons present, with the second believed to be a sibling male bird and again two days later another Herron was taken. To view this footage click here.

Falcon Plucking Tree – in July 2014 John Reed from Wallaceville in Upper Hutt filmed an adult NZ falcon plucking a prey item in the tree on his property and again in November 2015 John filmed very possibly the same adult NZ falcon in the same tree again plucking another item of prey. To view the 2014 footage click here and for the 2015 footage click here.