The Pentland Hills Landcare group is inviting locals to a barbecue and wildlife demo this afternoon (Saturday) to learn more about birds of prey that may be affected if high voltage overhead transmission lines are given the nod across Moorabool.

The event gets going from 12.30pm at the Myrniong Recreation Reserve, with the raptor displays from 2pm.

Organisers fear the powerlines – which would be on pylons up to 80m high – could kill or maim Moorabool’s unique raptors, which often rely on speed to catch small lizards, mammals and other birds for food.

The Little Eagle in this video was maimed by a powerline and has been rehabilitated at the Leigh Valley Hawk and Owl Sanctuary, south of Buninyong.

This afternoon’s display will feature several birds including a Peregrine Falcon – a species which has been clocked in America at 389km/h.

The falcons (pictured) are found all over the world, with at least two sub-species in Australia.

Children are welcome at the event and registration is essential.

Email: pentlandhillslandcare@gmail.com

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