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Pergrines and chicks

 

The "Sheffield Peregrine" chicks hatched 26-28 April, three of the four eggs being successful.  By now (this was taken on 6th May, the chicks are clearly growing in size and, when the adult bird is away hunting, they huddle together as here, for warmth.  The adult bird here is, I think the male, which is a little smaller than the female. While I was watching, one of the adult birds brought a dead pigeon to the site, and, off to the side was plucking the feathers from the breast.  I thought it was getting ready to feed the chicks, but it flew off with the pigeon, presumably for its own lunch.  So far, I've been unable to get a shot of the chicks being fed.

 

 

Pergrines and chicks

 

The "Sheffield Peregrine" chicks hatched 26-28 April, three of the four eggs being successful.  By now (this was taken on 6th May, the chicks are clearly growing in size and, when the adult bird is away hunting, they huddle together as here, for warmth.  The adult bird here is, I think the male, which is a little smaller than the female. While I was watching, one of the adult birds brought a dead pigeon to the site, and, off to the side was plucking the feathers from the breast.  I thought it was getting ready to feed the chicks, but it flew off with the pigeon, presumably for its own lunch.  So far, I've been unable to get a shot of the chicks being fed.

 

 

comments (8)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 12 May 2016, 00:29
Jolies photos de cette petite famille. J'aime la présentation.
Tom Wilson: Merci, Martine!
  • Ray
  • Possibly Greenland
  • 12 May 2016, 04:47
It is a fabulous montage, Tom.

I have to say I am impressed with the projectile pooing contest that has clearly been taking place here.
Tom Wilson: That seems to have been there from the beginning and I wonder if it is the result of the adult birds marking their territory?
Thank you for this fabulous montage Tom!
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Richard - it's a pleasure smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 May 2016, 06:25
These CCTV cameras on the family lives of birds is a brilliant idea
Tom Wilson: They are - and there are quite a lot of them around now. You might like this one:
http://www.ornithos.com.br/live-cam-2/
I like the look of disdain on that bird bottom left Tom.
Tom Wilson: Probably thinks the camera is dumb looking smile
I read recently that one of the bird cams showed an eagle bringing back a cat to the nest to feed to the eaglets.
Tom Wilson: That's not something I'd want to watch! Some lovely birds on this one: http://www.ornithos.com.br/live-cam-2/
He is giving you the eye...
Tom Wilson: Indeed!
A fine set of pictures Tom.

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