Peregrine Falcons in Aylesbury – Part 5

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First picture of the chicks! Woohoo!

Sorry for the excitement there but ever since the chicks hatched at the beginning of the month I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to get a sight of them! This has not been easy to do as the chicks have normally stayed at the back of the box whilst 200 feet up and short of hiring a crane, getting level with them ain’t easy!

So after watching them on the webcam very regularly and finding out that they are now walking around the nest (only in the shade though, not when the sun is on them!) I found myself out in the town on a Friday evening with full kit after 8pm!

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Peregrine Falcons in Aylesbury – Part 4

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With the weather continuing to be good and the sun shining strongly I couldn’t resist getting down early to spend a couple of hours with the Peregrines. The plan today was to try a couple of different angles to see if the chicks would have a nose over the edge and whilst that was not to be, there were some other opportunities instead!

The following 5 images, which are also in the Peregrine Falcon Gallery page show one of the parents out hunting, both on the nesting box, one landing on a different part of the roof, one in flight away from the nest and one with an extra foot in it!

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Peregrine Falcons in Aylesbury – Part 3

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It’s been a while since I’ve managed to get out with the camera so with the sunshine out this morning I decided to catch up with the local Peregrines. The good news since my last post is that 2 of the 3 eggs have hatched and the chicks are now around 2 weeks old and are doing very well.

This morning I was lucky enough to catch one of the parents bringing in breakfast in the shape of what looks like the left overs of a pigeon and have added the images to the Peregrine Gallery page here.

For those of you who don’t know there is a live feed of the nest on the AVDC website here so you can see how they are getting on from anywhere in the world! Another useful site is the Bucks Bird Club site where they have a dedicated Peregrine page showing images from the cameras right back to March so you can catch up on the story so far.

There will be a one day Peregrine Watch setup by BBOWT and AVDC tomorrow (Thursday 17th May) where there will be telescopes set up in Market Square so you can have a look for yourself. If you get there early enough do pop over and say hi as I will be there til around 11.30!

Peregrine Falcons in Aylesbury – Part 2

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Monday was forecast as being a sunny day, all day, so a photo day it had to be! Got up before dawn to get down to the council offices hoping to get a sighting of the Peregrine Falcons and as soon as I got there I could see one sat on the edge of the platform. Great!

Rushed to set the kit up and grab some shots before it flew away but realised that I could have took my time as she was there for the next 4 hours or so that I was there! Not an awful lot happened in that time, the male flew over and they disappeared on top of the roof for 2 minutes, the female only left for a few minutes in total during that time and the male sat on a window ledge for a short while.

Not much action but definite confirmation that they are here and hopefully they will be lucky in raising some young. Will definately keep checking back on them over the coming months!

Meanwhile I have added a Birds of Prey page in the Birds gallery to put the Peregrine Falcon gallery page into. Whilst these are not the greatest of images due to the Brutalist architecture background please do note that the tower is over 200 ft tall and these were taken with a K-7 whilst the K-5 was away for repair!

Peregrine Falcons in Aylesbury town centre

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Keeping an eye on the latest sightings section of bucksbirdclub.co.uk can come in rather handy! Monday afternoon I could be found at the bottom of the council tower in town after reading that there were a pair of Peregrine Falcons possibly nesting and mating on the tower!

Off I walked into town with new and taller Gitzo GT5562GTS tripod to keep a beady eye on the top of the tower but have to report that the only news I have is that I believe I saw one land on top of the tower as there were a load of feathers flying around from where he landed, probably having his dinner!

This one will be an ongoing project as it is very conveniently within walking distance from home which helps keep the petrol bill down and means that it will be very easy to keep an eye on them around working commitments.

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