Whilst the webcams will now be emptier, the skies over Derby will be made richer with the presence of our young birds as they learn the skills of their parents.
Our birds? We can never own them, of course. But we can watch and learn from them. It's in human hands that the future of so much of our wildlife now rests, and that's a responsibility we all shoulder. It’s been a privilege for those of us on the project team to have shared a flake of these young birds’ lives. (see also my recent comment.)
Rest assured that we will keep watching and reporting on their location and progress here. We know many photographers will continue to send in great pictures, like Ian's above. We've much more to share with you. Later, you may be interested to learn a little more about Derby and the partners in this project, so we'll post some special blog entries about them.
Manning the Watch Point today, it was clear that our two young birds are becoming stronger fliers, and so the rescue equipment has been retired. For a while before noon both birds settled on the roof of the nearby Silk Mill Museum. Then 002, who fledged yesterday flew, around the Green and tried to land on the side of the Cathedral Tower. This she failed to do, and fluttered down and then flew to the apex of the nave roof, giving us all great views.. Then Mum flew off, returning a while later with a large prey item which she plucked on top of the tower and eventually flew down with it to the roof. She returned soon after to her observation point, and the prey was eagerly eaten by the young falcon. Meanwhile 001 (that’s the ring number) remained on the Museum roof, perhaps idly watching the rising waters of the River Derwent in spate. The adult male was also keeping a careful watch on his charges from the Tower, and we left the Green confident that the recent terrible weather had not affected their chances of survival.