Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Only 56 preying days to Christmas......

Just a quick reminder that you couldn't think of a better stocking filler than our DVD 'The Peregrines of Derby Cathedral' now could you?

Even if you have your own copy (which I'm sure most of you do by now) there must be friends or relatives who'd be interested to snuggle down by a fire on a cold winter's day and watch what happens up on the cathedral tower in the heat of summer?

The price now is just £6 per copy excluding postage and packing - so do get on the buzzer and speak to someone at our Derbyshire Wildlife Trust office (01773 881188) and they will post one to you at the drop of a hat (or of a prey item if you prefer!).



Speaking of prey, our peregrines are now turning their attentions to birds that have moved down from the north and east to spend the winter near Derby.

One such is the golden plover and I found an almost complete corpse under the tower only the other day. I also read that there is now a flock of 500 of these birds feeding in fields about six miles from the cathedral and just beyond the city boundary - well within the peregrine's hunting range.
The photo shows the tail of a golden plover - what beautiful feathers these lovely birds have!

Lapwings, fieldfares and redwings will also feature on the menu shortly I have no doubt.....as will night-flying woodcock and maybe some rarer night-fliers such as quail and some coastal waders moving from one side of the UK to the other.....we'll just have to wait and see what turns up!

Nick B (DWT)

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

pax Canada 12.13am
I think the camera is frozen

Anonymous said...

is the webcam having winter break? Jennie, HK.

Anonymous said...

Pudding cam still works........Min

Anonymous said...

NONE OF THE CAMERAS ARE WORKING!!!

Project Member (DWT) said...

we know and are trying to fix them...please be patient!

Nick

Anonymous said...

pax Canada 9.50am
promise to be patient :-) oh how we get used to having our daily fix :-)

Anonymous said...

CAM IS STILL ON NIGHT MODE?

Karen Anne said...

To tide you over, there are a few banding photos (check out the links in the most recent two posts) of the Alcoa Anglesea guys at:
http://www.alcoa.com/australia/en/environment/falcon_webcam.asp

Nick Brown (DWT) said...

We do apologise for the fact that the cameras are still frozen. There seems to be some technical issue that the IT provider cannot solve at present. We hope things will be back to normal next week.
Nick (DWT)

Anonymous said...

Pax Canada
Thanks for the update Nick :-)

Anonymous said...

pax 3.03pm
nice to see the camera's back :-)

Anonymous said...

Nice to have the cam back on and even better to get online and see someone on the platform!!

Min

Anonymous said...

Karen Ann, please leave the political comments off this blog. Your view of Obama is not shared by many true American patriots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Karen Anne said...

Peregrine on the ledge thing below the nestbox.

Terry, Herts UK said...

"I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it" - Voltaire

Karen Anne said...

Lunch seems to be in one side of the nestbox.