Peregrine Falcons first nested on Derby's Cathedral, England, in 2006. Our Peregrine Project is now run by a partnership between Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Derby City Council, Derby Cathedral and the Cathedral Quarter. Here is what's happening in 2017. . .
Herewith a few new pictures, this time by Graham Whitmore who helped me shepherd 003, the big female eyass, into a garden where we could catch her up.
Graham works in photography so his pictures should be good and by goodness they certainly are!
The first shows 003 safely captured but complaining somewhat all the same!
Note the size of her feet - a feisty bird this one.......
Next Graham's picture of 003 before she was caught, standing in the shady alleyway below the trees through which she fell.
Once these powerful birds come to ground they are very vulnerable. They can't take to the air unless they can clamber up to some vantage point - and there no chance of that in a city environment.
Graham's third photo shows a couple of the fledglings being tempted by the falcon with a big morsel of food, right up on the top of the tower.
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Thanks Graham - great shots!
Donations and DVDs
Thanks to those of you who have either offered or already sent donations to the project via the wildlife trust. These contributions really make a difference to the future of this project.
If you have enjoyed the web cams and the blog as much as everyone else seems to have done, then do please consider making a contribution. Email email@example.com or ring the trust on 01773 881188 in office hours.
And just a reminder that the excellent DVD is still on sale and is another way of contributing to the project, with 40% of the selling price going to the project for every copy sold via the wildlife trust. Again, ring 01773 881188 to purchase your copy.
Nick B (DWT)
Ps. So far today as far as we know, we have only seen three youngsters. The fourth must be somewhere in the city, hopefully up on a roof somewhere and not down in some back alley or yard.