Derby's amazing peregrine falcon laid her first egg this morning - 4th April, just two days later than in 2011. She'd kept us all wondering....but perhaps not really that late after all.
|Screen grab of egg-laying moment posted |
to our Facebook page by George Ted.
The first folk to report this happy event were @mizuirokotori in Japan (via Twitter); Hilary M (in Australia) for her comment on this Blog, and then George Ted for his Facebook comment and picture. It seems that the egg was laid at 05.18am, local time.
The screen grab shown above was posted to Facebook, and the video clip below shows the same moment taken from the perspective of the newly installed nest camera. We don't actually see the egg as it is blocked by her body, but note the excited call of the male who is perched nearby.
Everyone can all relax now..... The next thing will be to see if she lays a full clutch of four eggs as she has done each year since 2007 (we think there were only three in her first egg-laying season, 2006). Eggs are laid at about two day intervals...so there's no excuse for not doing the some work now, I'm afraid!
|Screengrab by Marski from the new camera|
Two things to note:
1) Eggs appear white under infra-red illumination, but are actually rich reddy brown in daylight.
2) Eggs may look abandoned for long periods of time, but proper incubation normally only starts after the last egg is about to be laid. However, in this year's unseasonably cold weather we may well see incubation appearing to start immediately - simply to stop the eggs chilling down too far.
Don't forget to watch and listen live on Stream 3. We are working with colleagues at SERCO to resolve problems in streaming live from our new nest camera, so in the meantime, Stream 1 gives rapidly changing pictures every few seconds. And of course, you get multiple views from Derby Cathedral on Stream 2.
Nick B and Nick M (DWT)
Ps. There is some very useful background information about the Peregrine Project on Derbyshire Wildlife Trust's website (both via the home page and also under 'What we do') - http://www.derbyshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/