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    Peregrine Falcons 2014

    This is a discussion on Peregrine Falcons 2014 within the Everyday Life forums, part of the Community channel category; Originally Posted by Isitme No doubt the racing pigeon fans will be cleaning their shotguns. Nah... Those pigeons need to ...

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      Re: Peregrine Falcons 2014

      Quote Originally Posted by Isitme View Post
      No doubt the racing pigeon fans will be cleaning their shotguns.
      Nah... Those pigeons need to fly faster

      Quote Originally Posted by Ian Thompson View Post
      I was out for the whole day on Saturday with my RSPB Local Group from Newcastle Upon Tyne with a coach trip to Country Park, Talken Tarn and Gelt Wood near Brampton in Cumbria and the highlight of the day was when a member of the Local Group spotted a Tawny Owl roosting in one of the trees at Gelt Wood and we all had excellent views of that bird. Gelts Wood is actually part of a larger RSPB reserve in Cumbria called Geltsdale which has as well a big area of moorland.
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      Nice find.

      Heres a pic from the webcam just now at changeover...

      Peregrine Falcons 2014-peregrinfalcon11.jpg

      Hopefully it won't be long before the rest hatch.

      P.S. The rings from the Pigeons caught by the Peregrines are forwaded to the Pigeon racing body at the end of the season.

      Edit: Grub up!

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      Re: Peregrine Falcons 2014

      It's just been announced on the RSPB website on their forum that a second Osprey chick has hatched at Loch Garten. It really is excellent news.
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      Re: Peregrine Falcons 2014

      Here are some pictures from Friday that a friend and I took...

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      Mum watching over the nest and guarding the area whilst Dad was off hunting.

      As he returned she flew back down to the nest to continue incubating the eggs.

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      Dad cleaning himself as he watches for intruders. He stayed here for quite a while allowing us to take several pictures.

      Sorry about the focus on the photos from my camera. This new lens needs to be manual focused and it's quite hard to get right. I also need a bit more practise with it. They images were also taken on a new camera (Panasonic G5).

      We both took some video footage too which I'll edit together at a later date with a suitable background track. One of the Cathedral Gardeners was busy pruning the bushes whilst we were there, so you can't hear a great deal above that or us chatting.

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      Re: Peregrine Falcons 2014

      It looks like a third chick has hatched this morning at the Osprey nest in Loch Garten. In the picture below you can see the new born chick with its head in the egg shell:

      Peregrine Falcons 2014-osprey-03.jpg

      Whilst in Chichester we currently have two that have hatched, the chicks at both Nottingham University and Norwich Cathedral continue to get bigger everyday. Their feathers are now changing and it won't be too long now before they practise flapping their wings and fledge.

      Remember when comparing them that the ones which hatched at Nottingham and Norwich are only around 4 weeks older, so it won't be long now for the ones at Chichester to get as large.

      If anyone in the Nottingham or Norwich areas is out taking pictures of the Peregrines, please feel free to post them up here.

      In Yorkshire all 6 eggs have hatched at the Kestrel nest. Meal times can be quite noisy and I suspect that mum and dad are going to be very busy.

      Peregrine Falcons 2014-kestral-02.jpg

      Down south in the New Forest at the Goshawk nest the three chicks are also getting quite big too and can sometimes be seen moving around the nest. The forcast is for rain today, so they might end up huddling together to keep warm.

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      Re: Peregrine Falcons 2014

      It is sad, but I guess that there are still people out there who think that this is both fun and profitable...

      BBC News - Barn owl chicks stolen from Haddiscoe Island mill

      It is a sad fact that these webcams that have been set up and provide some degree of pleasure were primarily put there primarily in order to deter the theft of the eggs or chicks that have hatched. Of course it would be financially crippling to install webcams to cover every single bird's nest and impractical to cover such a large number of nests safely.

      One of the great difficulties with Scuba diving is to encourage people to leave things where they found them when on a popular dive site. The site is popular because there is a lot of nice things to see, but with some sites being visited by as many as 500 divers every day, it would not be too long for the whole landscape to become wiped out if every diver were to take just one item.

      Of course each diver would have a souvenir to take home with them to stand upon their mantle piece. The fact that most will simply crumble over a few years, having stunk the place out initially is besides the point.

      For me the same is very much true with birds, their nests and the young, or any other creature.

      I the Diving fraternity there is a simple saying...

      Take only pictures and leave only bubbles.

      Sorry, I don't get on a soap box too often on this forum, but this does upset me.

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      Re: Peregrine Falcons 2014

      Just back from a few days break in the Forest of Dean, where we walked to Symonds Yat Rock on Wednesday morning. On arrival, we found an RSPB observation station watching the Peregrine Falcons nesting in the cliff face there!
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      Re: Peregrine Falcons 2014

      Very nice.

      It is good that their population is recovering, unless you have an interest in breeding or racing pigeons.

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      Re: Peregrine Falcons 2014

      For those interested, Springwatch started on Monday and will be on over the next three weeks. The main site is Minismere Nature Reserve, but there are other sites across the UK being used.

      Whilst there is various things available via the Red Button, you can also pick up the footage via the BBC website too.

      BBC Two - Springwatch

      At Chichester it appears that only two of the eggs are going to hatch this year. Whilst a little sad, this is a new pair.

      The four at Nottingham Trent University appear to be improving all the time though. Today they were seen to be leaving their nest and took a wonder past the cameras. Their feathers are continuing to change a d it won't be long before someone has to climb up to the nest in order to ring them.

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      BBC News - Springwatch boosts Minsmere's visitor numbers
      The Suffolk nature reserve which hosted BBC Springwatch this year said the programme boosted its visitor numbers.

      Just under 11,000 people visited RSPB Minsmere during the three-week broadcast, up 50% on its expected visitor numbers at this time of year.

      RSPB spokesperson Rachael Murray said the size of the reserve meant people could still have a "private experience" despite the large BBC crew.

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