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Old Tuesday 1st August 2006, 23:03   #1
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What birds of prey talon lock?

Hi all.

Don't know what the correct term is so that is the best I had.
On Sunday I witnessed two Common Buzzards doing the "talon lock" whereby they lock one of their feet and spiral towards the ground. I'm assuming they were just juveniles having a play but I thought this was something a few birds of prey, lke Harriers I think, tend to do in their mating displays. Is it commonplace for other birds of prey to exhibit this behaviour and what is it's actual purpose (is it just playing)?

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Old Tuesday 1st August 2006, 23:54   #2
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Bald Eagles.
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I have witnessed this behavior with a mating pair of red-tails in my local birding spot. It was awsome !
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Most if not all types of Raptor will talon lock at some point, it's a regular occurrence during the breeding season. Early Autumn is also a good time to see this spectacular display, Buzzards, Harriers, Eagles do it regularly.

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Old Wednesday 2nd August 2006, 20:49   #5
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IN LANCASHIRE!HHMMMMMMM.
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IN LANCASHIRE!HHMMMMMMM.
-Was the question specific to the area?-Lots of Bald Eagles here in CT. USA.
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Old Wednesday 2nd August 2006, 21:51   #7
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Yes, bald eagles will do that, but contrary to popular belief, it's not a courtship display. It's actually a dangerous game of chicken that males play to establish dominance and breeding rights.
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I've seen Peregrines do it
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It wasn't area specific. Just trying to expand my all encompassing knowledge.

You wouldn't believe how useful I am at a pub quiz, I know enough useless crap to fill a skip. I'm surprised peregrines do it, I mean at the speeds they can go it might be over all to quickly, SPLAT!

Anyway, thanks all for the response.
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Okay, not a raptor, but just wanted to note. I saw red-cockaded woodpeckers from rival family groups talon lock and fall down from the pine trees until about 7ft from the ground.
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Saw a pair of Buzzards do it in the Azores this summer.
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I saw a couple of ravens do this in Cumbria - a surprise.
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