Monday, 16 June 2008

more pics of this morning's fun

Stop press: the live video feed has now resumed, albeit without sound. (Nick M 6pm)

Jon Salloway and Colin Pass kindly sent me these photos which add further to the story of this morning's rescue of 003 (see blog entry below).

First, Jon's photo of 003 on the ground in the alley before we shepherded her through a gate and into the garden where we could catch her up safely.












Next Jon's fine photo of the falcon (female) flying round while we were up the top of the tower releasing 003. She was calling anxiously of course, but soon settled down once we departed.
Great flight shot Jon!

Next Colin's photo of one of the youngsters trying to get in between the wooden louvres of the window by the platform. Hope it didn't get stuck!


Finally, another of Colin's photos showing one of the youngsters flying in front of the tower.
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Nick B (DWT) Ps. Double click on these pix to enlarge them and see the detail better.

28 comments:

Karen Anne said...

Lots of ing flapping by the remaining youngster in the box, I was wondering if he was thinking of fledging.

Then a parent delivered what seems to be a large lunch (hard to see with a metal gizmo in the way.) Is he able to eat this without being fed? The photo cameras mostly catch him with his head up, and the stream is not working, for me, anyway.

Froona said...

And together again. He is able to eat alone, good for him. And was joined by one of the others who pulled the prey item over to the other side. You can see them both having a full crop now! Wonder if they will be joined by a third juvie later this day.

Great pics by Jon! Beautiful one of the angry female. Thanks Jon!
More of Colin on my Blog as well.
Have to get ready not to give in to the empty nest syndrome which will struck when nr 4 leaves the scrape;)
Froona

Terry, Herts UK said...

Looking at tiddler's profile picture right now, no-one should worry about him not being fed enough. His crop is bulging so much it looks fit to burst!

There's also uneaten prey in the scrape. Hopefully, one or more of his sibs will join him for supper later :)

Anonymous said...

11.43 am great pudding cam close up pictures of the chicks

Penny said...

One of the young keeps staring right into the upper camera. Tiddler is still lying on the ledge, chin on the lip of the ledge. Must be a comfy pose and two siblings are echoig this above. Think Tiddler's enjoying having two profile cameras to himself the little starlet. xxx

Ann in Canada said...

Did you see little one fly up above and get fed from mum? Wonderful site got lots of pics. Proof he finally made the all important flight. Well done little one. Ann in Canada.

Karen Anne said...

nest box is empty...

Alan 22 said...

The young one left again at 12:45 will he be back again?

Karen Anne said...

Ann is that tiddler up by the pudding cam, eating? I only see one bird there. I am not good at telling them apart...

Anonymous said...

Ahh I missed his first flight. Take care "Tiddler"

Rose

Karen Anne said...

Or is it Mom up there and tiddler is elsewhere?

Anonymous said...

See Derby Evening Telegraph, we have one missing!

Terry, Herts UK said...

Good Luck Tiddler - we'll miss you! :)

Ann ( In Canada ) said...

yes that was tiddler little one as I call him great news yes? Wonderful to see it as it actually happens. He was up there after she left for quite some time am now watching he as he left. Hopefully makes it home safely.

Ann ( in Canada ) said...

Not checked the news paper yet wonder who is missing I saw all four yesterday afternoon and got some nice pics of them two in the box and two up top waiting for mum and she could be seen off in the sky. Hope who ever is missing is ok. Will have to keep up good thoughts and prayers for the best.

Anonymous said...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/derbyshire/7458802.stm

Ann ( in Canada ) ex Derby girl said...

All chicks seem to be ok according to the article and the project teams reports thank goodness. Still waiting to see if little one goes back to the nest after his trip up above to get fed from Mum. Wish I could be there to see it all. Thank goodness for computers though. I will be in Derby in November don't suppose there is any chance of seeing them around that late? Feeling quite sad yet happy. What will all do till next year?

Froona said...

Just got home from work, rushed to the PC: empty nestbox. Checked all the autocapture: 12:43 and there he goes! Great, dear little one! Hope you're safe and enjoying your self! Have fun flying and playing divebombing with the other ones.

Hope they will keep coming back to the nestbox and show themselves in front of the puddingcam!
Froona

Anonymous said...

just logged on to live cam and NO bird. How sad. What am I going to do now? I do hope it survives. As we came off the station approach towards Ahsbourne Rd saw a peregrin flying, what a sight. Hope they all go well. It's been a fantastic web site.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure the project team will soon add an entry and tell us exactly what happened. I don't think this is the end of the story by any means - I suppose our 4 juveniles have a lot to learn from their parents about how to hunt for themselves. When the young ones finally leave home, I hope some of them think about coming to Buckinghamshire!!! We'd welcome them with open arms. For everyone who now feels at a loose end - well, the adult birds will be around all the time, but you may have to make a personal trip to Derby (not a problem in my opinion) Why not also do some fundraising for Nick B - see his cry from the heart that says this project has put their funds in the red! Lets make sure they are able to carry on with the project into 2009.
Sueh, Wendover

Froona said...

In a way for the juvies the story is just beginning now. They left the nest and now they will learn first how to fly properly. How to make use of the law of fysics of our planet, how to overcome drag. How to use gravity and wind and the heat of the air.

The flight feathers are not fully grown yet, that will take another few weeks.
They will practise their hunting skills on eachother which is great to watch, with their parents as teachers. They fly squawking through the air trying to catch eachothers tails, try to take over prey. Tumbling and diving and having lots of fun. Our own De Mortel juvies have fledged some weeks ago and I have been watching them, they give these fantastic airshows.
So for them the show has just begun. I do hope we will see pics of these aerial displays in the sky over Derby! I'm sure Jon and Colin will make a lot of them!

So no end at all, it is a very happy beginning!

Most juvies leave after about 3 months to start a live of their own. Often we see they do that in pairs. It is easier to survive together than alone.
So if I lived nearby I would visit Derby on a daily basis to watch the 6 of them! Must be awesome!
Froona

Karen Anne said...

Is a chick missing, or not?

Please donate. You can call the DVD number and they will take credit card donations over the phone.

Karen Anne said...

Is the chick back snoozing in the nestbox tiddler?

Anonymous said...

Got a Pic of tiddler leaving the box again today. Also got some great shots of a locked talons of adult and and young bunddled food pass.Took some of my best Pics ever:) Great day
Regards
Colin

Anonymous said...

I live in Rivermead House (8th floor) - just seen one fly not 6 feet past me

Ann ( in Canada ) said...

Little tiddler back in the box looking a little worn out from all his excitement. I am sure we will all try and make some kind of donation to the project. I am going to order the d.v.d. and put in a little extra. Just hope when I come to England in November I might be lucky enough to see the family still flying around the beautiful Cathedral. Best of luck to them all and thanks so much to the team for a wonderful job. Look forward to hearing that all is ok and that we can still see on our computer a little of what is going on. ( Ann in Canada )

Anonymous said...

Do you have a blog thingy Colin where we can view these photos? Would be great to see some action shots.

...some of us have been staring at a large empty tray all afternoon :(

...also, anybody know how to tell the chicks apart? or at least, tiddler from the others?

Anonymous said...

Hi anonymous at 17:46 - if you have bionic eyesight, the guaranteed way of telling them all apart will be the number on the leg rings. The female is the "whopper". "Tiddler" always used to be the tiny one - but has he caught his brothers up now? It was easy to tell when he was the last one left on the platform (he got left behind because he was the late hatched chick). Hope this might help a bit.
Read an earlier entry from someone at "Rivermead House" - boy, am I jealous. You must get some fab views of the birds.
SueH, Wendover