PS: why is it so?

Thinking about all your replies, two notions occur to me –
First, that it’s likely characteristic of this literary form (i.e. the journal-style natural history) that it telescopes time, so that sightings of such a “glamour” species seem populous within the book’s geography due to the author’s thrilled recording of every peregrine’s passage, within compressed time, & at disproportionate coverage compared to all other species recorded.
Secondly, the northern-hemisphere peregrines are migratory (in contrast to the sedentary habits of Australian breeding adults [Debus 2001]) – so at any one location surely here we will rarely see more than the same pair, & where the habitat is unsuitable are unlikely ever to see the species. Britishers, though, in the Ansell DEEP COUNTRY example, will see the species coming & going, as well as those seasonally staying.
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> Having just finished reading DEEP COUNTRY by Neil Ansell (five years in the Welsh hills, alone in a remote world), which is an account of the birds’ lives there too, I’ve recalled how many British natural histories like this are filled with raptors. Falcons particularly seem to course the British skies as populously as swallows. When you think how rare & fortunate it is to see a Peregrine streak by in Australia — Is it really like that in Britain? … & if so, why are the peregrine falcons so sparse here?
> Judith
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