Report a Falcon sighting

We Need You! Report That Falcon Now!

The Marlborough Falcon Conservation Trust wants to establish a database on wild falcons in this region. But to do that, we need your help.
While numbers of New Zealand falcon are in decline, there are still sightings of them throughout the region. People out tramping, farming, hunting or just bush walking may spot one of these elusive raptors on their travels and it is these birds we want to hear about.

If we can establish a database showing where and when falcons were spotted we can use this information in our scientific research.

Don’t panic, we are only interested in the falcon information, we have no intention of passing on any of your details to a third party.
While we are specifically interested in collecting information on sightings from the Marlborough and Nelson regions we are also happy to collect information on falcons sighted throughout the rest of the country.

We need as much information as possible, but if you can’t fill in every field below, don’t worry- every observation is important!

If you aren’t experienced with spotting falcons, please have a look at our falcon hawk differences page for more information. If you have any questions or would prefer to submit reports via email send information to

Information about sighting

Your Name
Your Phone No.
Your Email    
Would you like us to contact you about this sighting?
Date of sighting
Time of sighting
Please provide as much detail as possible. If you have the GPS reading or topomap coordinates those are extremely helpful, otherwise try to include information such as nearby roads or tracks, huts, rivers, etc.

Details of sighting
Please include as much information as possible about your sighting. Specifically, if you can, report the number of falcons, and the age and sex of the falcons seen. We’d like to know if you see activities such as flying, perching, nest defense or hunting. If you spot a falcon hunting and know what it was chasing, we’d love to hear about it.

Please note: we do not encourage people to approach falcon nests, so if falcons are heard ‘kekking’ at you and act aggressively towards you please avoid the area- and let us know about it! Reports of nesting falcons are particularly important!

Was the falcon carrying a transmitter?
Did the falcon have bands on its legs?
Please provide details on the bands if possible
Right leg colour combination

Left leg colour combination
Photo if applicable