Sunday, 8 June 2008
More pics and a reminder
Here are a couple of excellent photos taken by Graham Whitmore and although they have been used on this blog last year I make no apology for using them again. The upper one shows the male indulging in a bit of preening and quite by chance, looking as if he is waving to the admiring watch point viewers below.
The second is a flight shot of the female leaving the tower and was used on the cover of the DVD which continues to sell well. Click on the link in blue at the top left of the blog to see how to obtain your copy - or just come down today and buy one at the watch point between 10am and 4pm.)
All the worries expressed by commenters on the blog recently are understandable and it is always a possibility that one of the chicks could fall or get knocked off the edge of the platform, but these birds have a very strong instinct to stay put and to cling on!
Fledging won't happen for awhile yet hopefully. The youngsters need to get much more strength in their flight muscles and there will be days of flapping before the most advanced one attempts to take off.
Those of you around in 2006 may recall that one of the three young that year failed spectacularly on its maiden flight and came down in a car park close by. Fortunately it was rescued, taken up to the top of the tower and performed better on its second attempt. This photo shows that bird in the my hands...and quite a handful it was I can tell you (its talons are firmly embedded in a leather gardening glove)!
Note that this bird has no white fluff and looks a lot more advanced in plumage than the young in the platform now.
Nick B (DWT)