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Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014 10:30 am

Wildlife expert Chris Nadareski of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection recently banded seven newly hatched peregrine falcon chicks who were born this spring atop MTA bridges in Queens.

Two females and a male are at the 215-foot Rockaway tower of the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge. Two males and two females were born to a neting couple atop the 360-foot north tower sof the Throgs Neck Bridge.

When fully grown, the chicks will be the fastest members of the animal kingdom, able to reach 200 miles per hour in a full-out dive as they prey on pigeons and the other birds that make up most of their diet.

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