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Non-chronological reports, as we've found out, are all about organising and presenting information easily. One of the ways they do this is with subheadings, and putting related information under the same subheading. Below is a diary extract with lots of information about Peregrine Falcons - but no subheadings! Can you spot the information that is related and group it under a subheading? You might think about what the information is about for a subheading, like "Diet", or you could even make your subheading a question like "What do Peregrine Falcons eat?

Your task is on PurpleMash - Day 7 - subheadings. Don't forget to underline them!

 

Extracts from the diary of a peregrine lover

Peregrines are the most amazing birds.  Since I first found out about them, I have been completely obsessed. It is well-known that they can dive onto a bird below them, reaching speeds of over 200 miles per hour.  This diving speed makes it the fastest creature on earth!  So of course, once I discovered this fact, it has helped me to explain my fascination with these birds to other people. 

The peregrine is the world’s most widespread raptor. A raptor is a bird of prey – a bird that lives by catching and eating live birds or animals.  I have seen many raptors in Britain, including hawks, buzzards and even, once a golden eagle!  But nothing gives me the thrill that I get from seeing a peregrine diving to catch a pigeon in St Ives, or watching one hover the mountains in Wales.  But, as I have said above, peregrines exist in almost every country in the world.  The only major non ice-filled landmass that it does not live in is New Zealand.  So I won’t be going there anytime soon!

The peregrine mates for life, and makes its nest in a scrape – a rough nest or depression, often lined with bits of vegetation and surrounded by small stones and other matter which keep the eggs from rolling away.   Peregrines have made their scrapes on the tops of high-rise human buildings, and this has enabled them to live in cities and towns.  There they have found a good diet of pigeons or seagulls – which is why some people have encouraged peregrines to move into their town or city.  They keep the vermin down! 

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