Friday, 14 April 2017

Wendy's videos keep coming!

Now that incubation is underway, things will quieten down on the nest platform for the next few weeks with any hatching not due until roughly a month's time.
So perhaps it is a good chance for us to catch up on some of the excellent videos that Wendy Bartter has been making for us from her home in Kent.
So here are a few you may have missed and a new one from Sunday (16th):

This one shows two changeovers. First the male taking over from his mate and then the female doing likewise. He seems quite reluctant to give way doesn't he?

And here's an evening changeover where the male is again very reluctant to get off the eggs:

And some highlights from the day the last egg was laid:

And here's an additional video from (Easter) Sunday showing the male bringing prey in the early morning and then taking over incubation:



The Project Team

19 comments:

Wendy Bartter said...

Just realised that we will all have to keep close watch in case of a fifth egg surprising us ... I think the timeline will be from around 16.00 hours today??

Heather said...

Thanks Wendy for all your great videos. Loved the one where Mr P was refusing to get off the eggs. Mrs P is obviously so used to getting her own way when changeovers are concerned that it must have come as bit of a shock to her. Wonder what would have happened if he'd stood (or sat!) his ground. He's obviously very protective and good sign that they've bonded so well.

Yes perhaps we may yet have an Easter egg but think unlikely as she usually lays maximum of four, but you never know, especially with a new mate. It seems all thigs are possible this season!

Wendy Bartter said...

First changeover of 14th after Mum had been incubating all night since 22.30 ...
https://youtu.be/mO7fL2E_MpE

Wendy Bartter said...

Last of changeovers showing still four eggs @ 16.48 ...
https://youtu.be/ZGwPZRgU7mY

Anonymous said...

Great to see that all is back on track in Derby.

Wendy Bartter said...

Dad came very early to give Mum a decent break ... https://youtu.be/oRj3dBErvAc

Connie said...

Can someone tell me what happened to the previous Mr. Peregrine?

Helen said...

Hi Connie, no-one is quite sure. It is possible that he died of natural causes as he was of a good age or he could have been ousted by the new male bird. If he was ousted by the other bird then he could possibly have been injured or even killed. Unfortunately it's unlikely that we will ever found out. However, the new bird seems to have bonded very well with the female and is certainly looking after her and the eggs very carefully.
Here are links to couple of previous posts with a bit more information:
http://derbyperegrines.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/a-new-male.html
http://derbyperegrines.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/in-memory-of-fine-peregrine.html

Wendy Bartter said...

Easter Sunday early prey from male who then takes over incubation ...https://youtu.be/YZOsGx2IxMU

Vicky said...

I think it is quite funny that the new Mr P doesn't give up his turn on the eggs. The previous Mr P got up quite quickly when Mrs P returned. He knew she meant business. Maybe she is letting this one settle in and by the time the chicks hatch she may then let him see the other side of her. Nice to see he is very good about providing food and giving her breaks. Thanks for the videos Wendy.

Sj H said...

The Aylesbury project in the past has had a male that practically had to be pushed off the eggs by the female. The instinct to incubate seems so strong in some individuals. Like Derby, Aylesbury has a new male this year too and am uncertain if the new one is a mad keen sitter or not. I believe the incubation issue is one of the reasons for the females much larger size in this species - it takes a large breast to cover a normal clutch of 4 eggs during our cold nights. It sounds as if the new Derby male is one of the keen sitters. Maybe peregrine falcons are just like we humans in that we're all individuals with our own quirky ways.
While Derby is presently in the long incubation phase, Aylesbury should be nearing the end. That project is very lucky that Wendy Bartter has just stumbled on it and is very grateful that she may even be able to capture the hatch out moment!

Wendy Bartter said...

Certainly am trying SjH but so is Aylesbury cam,difficult & time consuming to get any footage ... not a bit like good ol' Derby! Sure that egg is imminent to hatch though, maybe by tomorrow morning!
BTW, it looks as if the new male there is ringed too!

Wendy Bartter said...

Derby cams down for me today ... is it same for anyone else?

Damo2012 said...

Nottingham have their first chick

Wendy Bartter said...

Great news Damo ... & so it begins ...

Lisa said...

Cameras working for me.

Just seen Nottinghams first chick, so cute!

Connie said...

Thank you!

Wendy Bartter said...

Double hatch at Bournemouth yesterday ...https://youtu.be/7TmyO6hj82U

Vicky said...

When do you think we can expect a chick?