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Peregrine 2012 Season - Part 4 17 June 2012

The conditions yesterday were almost ideal. I stayed about 1 hour.

The chick that I thought was close to fledging in fact took its first flight on the 13th. Another chick took its first flight on the 16th but was still not confident enough to fly much and spent the day hunkered down at the cliff top, beneath the vegetation. The third chick had not attempted to fly yet and remained in the nest site.

When I arrived, the adult female was feeding the chick on the nest site.
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It was still hungry after the adult left.
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About half an hour later, the adult flew over the crest of the cliff face clutching another pigeon.
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Immediately, the fully fledged chick flew up to meet it in the hope that it was its turn to be fed, calling out loudly to make itself be noticed.
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For the next 5 minutes or so, the two birds twisted and turned in flight. Yery good practise for the young bird.
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(the juvenile)

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(the adult flying back to the top of the cliff face)

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(Another try for the pigeon)

Finally, the adult had decided the game was over and flew straight back to the chick at the nest site, leaving the juvenile to pass overhead.
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To give you some idea of the agility and speed of these birds, I include a short video I took.

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Re: Peregrine 2012 Season - Part 4 17 June 2012

There's a blue ring on one of the pigeon's legs - I guess it was a racing pigeon.

I don't suppose pigeon fanciers would be pleased and if the images were to be made more public, I'd be tempted to PS the 'evidence' out.

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Re: Peregrine 2012 Season - Part 4 17 June 2012

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There's a blue ring on one of the pigeon's legs - I guess it was a racing pigeon.

I don't suppose pigeon fanciers would be pleased and if the images were to be made more public, I'd be tempted to PS the 'evidence' out.

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I agree, Raptors are under enough pressures from certain quarters so we have to be careful not to exacerbate the situation.

Congratulations Peter on yet another set of stunning images, you must be a very skilled and proud man!

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Re: Peregrine 2012 Season - Part 4 17 June 2012

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There's a blue ring on one of the pigeon's legs - I guess it was a racing pigeon.

I don't suppose pigeon fanciers would be pleased and if the images were to be made more public, I'd be tempted to PS the 'evidence' out.

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Thanks for your comments Jim. I have thought of this but I cannot use PS and it is well known that some racing pigeons are taken out by Peregrine and Sparrow hawks to name a couple of predators. It is a shame that this is the case but most of the prey brought in, by a very great margin, are town and wood pigeons.
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Re: Peregrine 2012 Season - Part 4 17 June 2012

What a superb sequence of shots, stunning! Well done.

Our local Peregrins did not return this year?
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There's a blue ring on one of the pigeon's legs - I guess it was a racing pigeon.

I don't suppose pigeon fanciers would be pleased and if the images were to be made more public, I'd be tempted to PS the 'evidence' out.

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Jim.

I have done my best at editing - is this OK now?
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What a superb sequence of shots, stunning! Well done.

Our local Peregrins did not return this year?
Hi Tim,

Thanks for your reply. As you probably saw from part 1 of this series, we very nearly did not have any success here too. Thankfully, that all changed for the better.
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Re: Peregrine 2012 Season - Part 4 17 June 2012

Thanks Peter for sharing these fantastic pictures.

I haven't followed your earlier posts. Is this a site under restricted access regulations? Where I live we do have a few Peregrines, however their breeding attempts have failed the past years due to human impact.

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Thanks Peter for sharing these fantastic pictures.

I haven't followed your earlier posts. Is this a site under restricted access regulations? Where I live we do have a few Peregrines, however their breeding attempts have failed the past years due to human impact.

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Good evening Tordan

The Peregrine is a protected species here in the UK. There are a number of sites where the nest site is monitored and you can see what is happening on a video link.
This particular site has been used for the last 5 years and is in a public area. The residents, police and wardens all ensure the safety of these birds. The birds are accustomed to people being in the public area below the cliff face and therefore our presence does not disturb them. The nest site is approx 100M up and to view/photograph them you need to be about 50M away from the cliff. This is a much treasured location and will continue to be used whilst they are not disturbed. We all take very seriously our responsibilities.
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Re: Peregrine 2012 Season - Part 4 17 June 2012

Superb series Peter.

Incidentally - I fixed the video link to the Youtube file. This should now be viewable in the thread.
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Superb series Peter.

Incidentally - I fixed the video link to the Youtube file. This should now be viewable in the thread.
Good morning John,

Thanks for your comments and also for fixing the video link.

Out of interest, how did you fix the link? I am very rusty and would appreciate your advice.
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Good morning John,

Thanks for your comments and also for fixing the video link.

Out of interest, how did you fix the link? I am very rusty and would appreciate your advice.
Hi Peter

Very easily...

With you tube links... all you need to do is visit your video on Youtube, copy the URL, and simply paste it into a thread. We have an auto code that identifies a Youtube URL has been posted, and embeds the right code around the link such that it is viewable in the thread itself.

I simply edited your thread post, extracted the Youtube URL, placed that in a browser, obtained the unembedded URL, and pasted that into the thread.

The software did the rest.

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Very easily...

With you tube links... all you need to do is visit your video on Youtube, copy the URL, and simply paste it into a thread. We have an auto code that identifies a Youtube URL has been posted, and embeds the right code around the link such that it is viewable in the thread itself.

I simply edited your thread post, extracted the Youtube URL, placed that in a browser, obtained the unembedded URL, and pasted that into the thread.

The software did the rest.

Thanks John. I told you I was rusty
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More great shots Peter
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