Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The falcons are back

Once again the falcons who breed in the city have returned to their nest, this year to a nice new box that probably won't stay new looking for very long. One egg has been laid but aside from being moved at times, the parents won't start incubating until all the eggs are laid. The egg must be in some kind of suspended animation. The main website is https://www.367collinsfalcons.com.au/

I think last year two of the three chicks survived. Maybe it was the year before where none survived, perhaps having been fed poisoned pigeon meat by their parents. Nature is left to take its course and the birds have been breeding here since the 1990s.

It seems rather a lot of us like watching paint dry for an occasional bit of action You you can watch the live feed on Youtube this year at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyF-L2SqJ-Q If you have a  smart tv, you can watch it on the big screen. Make sure the date and time is correct as already the YT address has changed once. The night time vision is quite good too. This stream is a labour of love for someone or some people, so complaints are not welcomed. They do their best.


30 comments:

  1. How wonderful. I have bookmarked the site and will look in regularly. I hope this year is a success. We all need good news stories.

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    1. EC, immune from COVID, I hope the chicks flourish.

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  2. I went to the web site and see they're peregrine falcons. Those birds must get around. There's a few that nest on the Terminal Tower, one of Cleveland, Ohio's largest buildings, to much local media attention.

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    1. Interesting Kirk. I had no idea they were an international bird.

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  3. Hopefully success with all this year.
    Interesting read with the video.
    Take care.

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    1. Margaret, yes, the read is good, aside from those who say OMG, an egg.

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  4. Each day I've been watching the Mum and Dad Wood Duck waddle past my kitchen window with their seven little ducklings. Usually, some of the bubs, unfortunately, become prey to predators. (Not prey to my two furry mates who are indoor mates..and who never go outdoors).

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    1. Lee, good to know you are a responsible pet owner. I can't actually remember what we did with our cats at night.

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  5. I am a dog person and never took much notice of birds. However since the lockdown, the birds can no longer depend on outdoor restaurants to keep themselves fed. Now the local birds know that there is a big patio outside my back door, covered with bread crumbs every morning. I am becoming Melbourne's Bird Lady :)

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    1. Hels, the birds are hungry and I feel bad for them, but it will control their population growth.

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  6. Fascinating birds, the funny kind that fly.

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    1. Travel, they are so interesting yet take live prey to feed their chicks and themselves.

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  7. I'd wondered when they would be back! Thanks for the heads up. As you know I am a bird lover!

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    1. Maribeth, we can only hope for a good season.

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  8. I was watching an animal show on Netflix the other day, and actually saw the beauty of the Falcon. If they were around here, I would hang out and watch them for sure. Hope you're doing well! Hugs, RO

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    1. RO, I think we have a little fascination with birds of prey. All good here, thanks.

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  9. We also have peregrine falcons out here, magnificent birds. I love how they adapt to all conditions.

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    WWW

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    1. WWW, I had no idea they are so widespread.

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  10. Right On - This So Pleases My Heart - Enjoy The Atmosphere

    Love

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    1. Pleased you are pleased Padre.

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  11. It sounds like the whole city, or most of it, takes pride and an interest in this. A definite thumbs up.

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    1. Sandra, I am the only person I know who takes any interest. Just as well. We don't want websites crashing.

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  12. I won't be keeping a close eye on things there, but I do hope all the chicks survive and grow to adulthood this time.

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  13. Oh I loved that Andrew, I have to admit to being one of those people who could sit and watch this for ages, fascinating. They are magnificent creatures but I wonder how the chicks survive being so high up.. when they are learning to fly it must be quite treacherous, hope nothing horrible happens on my watch :)

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    1. Grace, yes it is interesting watching them start to flap their wings before the make the first take off.

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  14. Good luck to mom and dad this year in their family endeavor.

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