So far we've not captured a good screen shot, but no doubt we will soon. This image was captured by the Project Team this morning during a short change in incubation. The male later brought in some food, but flew off with it shortly afterwards because the incubating falcon showed little interest in it at that time.
|Screen grab by Liz1155|
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Luckily we managed to spot a comment left on an earlier posting from Alistair Henderson who said:
"While watching yesterday evening [13th May] I saw a small rodent being brought to and fed to the brood. Is it expected that rodents feature in the 'usual' diet of nestling peregrines or are times tough for the male while hunting? "
The answer is that mammals are only ever rarely caught. Aylesbury peregrines had a pipistrelle bat as a prey item, and in 2007 we captured a video of our chicks being fed a rat. We don't think this means it's a tough time for peregrines - more a sign that they are opportunistic hunters, and may take whatever food they can.
UPDATE: Sunday 19th May, 10.30 am to 4 pm. DWT is running an 'In Flight' adult education photography course at Carsington Water in mid-Derbyshire, with a falconer present who will fly his birds. The cost is £50 and the tutor is Paul Shaw. Booking essential - phone the DWT office on 01773 881188 in office hours before 4.30 tomorrow (Friday). Note that it is not possible to book possible by ringing Carsington itself.