Live streaming webcam showing a nest box for peregrine falcons on a building in the city of South Bend, Indiana, United States.
The peregrine falcon is the world’s most widespread raptor as well as being the fastest animal on earth, and a predator to a fifth of the world’s bird species even plucking them right out of the air. Peregrine falcons even did their bit in war time when they were trained during World War II to take out Nazi carrier pigeons.
Peregrine falcons became near to extinction in North America in the mid-1900s. The culprit: DDT, an effective but persistent insecticide that travelled up the food chain and bioaccumulated in top predators such as peregrines. This led to thinning of the birds’ eggshells and the inability to reproduce, which caused a near collapse of the North American population.