Saturday, 23 June 2007
We have LIFT OFF (but see updates)
Eureka!!! At 6.40 this morning I could only see one bird but at 6.45 there were two, there is now just one (7.15). The video will be checked later on today to see if we have footage of this momentous event. For those in this time zone get yourselves to the Green to watch the excitement - for all others, especially Jennie in Hong Kong, get those Plane tickets!!!!!
Postscript: At 6pm local time we've uploaded a new video clip. It won't be viewable for an hour or two until it's been processed by YouTube - so please be patient. I've no idea of the quality, but there should be three clips - the first showing our bird flopping down from the camera post. Then a bit later at 7:09am it took it's proper maiden flight, and finally the remaining female doing some good wing-flappnig, but not yet daring to leave.
Post-postscript: Slight concern at Derby Cathedral at 8pm tonight. I've just received a call from Tony the Head Verger who, on arriving home, received a call from watchers on the Green. Our fledged chick had spent all day on the nave roof of the Cathedral, being watched by hundreds of passers-by. But late this evening she suddenly took off, (followed by our adult male some distance behind) flying very low towards the huge, walled electricity sub-station next to the Silk Mill Museum. Luckily the bird-watchers were recovering in the nearby Silk Mill Pub and have just headed out in all directions to look for her. We don't yet know where she is, but it's likely that is she finds a safe perch she'll spend the night there. There's no way we'd be allowed inside the sub-station to attempt a rescue, but we'll report back here with any more news later tonight. (It's now 8.15pm local time, and it gets dark around 10.30pm) Fingers crossed, everyone.
Note: I've removed the YouTube video as for some reason it has been rejected as being "too long" - this hasn't happened before with even larger file sizes. So I'll try again when I get a moment, and test it first!