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Peregrine Nest Camera | Watching The Chicks Grow
The peregrine chicks are growing fast and it won’t be long now before they fledge. These clips are taken directly from live cameras inside their nest at an industrial chemical plant in Hull. A wireless internet signal relays the footage 50 miles from their nest to my remote gallery in Thixendale. Read on for the highlights and scroll down to see the paintings inspired by this fascinating falcon family.
Keep checking in to this blog post for new clips from the nest.
From Fluffy Chicks to Feathered Falcons
See the chicks develop
It’s been really exciting to watch the chicks developing in the nest. They grew to 10 times their hatching weight in just three weeks! This is down to a varied and high protein diet delivered regularly by devoted parents. Watch the film below to see the adult birds tenderly break off small morsels to feed each chick in turn.
And keep watching to follow the chick’s first movements. These began with small shuffling walks around the nest, but then their wing feathers came through and we saw the chicks flapping their short stubby wings. They do this to strengthen their wing muscles ready for their first flights.
When the chicks were three and a half weeks old it was time to ring them and so I joined a team from Spurn Bird Observatory to climb the 100 foot tower at Vivergo Fuels on Salt End Chemical Plant. We had to work quickly in order to minimise any disturbance. The team rung each chick with identification tags from the British Trust for Ornithology so that we will be able to track these birds throughout their lives. Watch the trusting way in the chicks look up at the camera as they await their turn!
I can’t wait to see them the chicks take their first flights around the chemical plant.
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Inspired by the Salt End Peregrines
The peregrine pair at Salt End has inspired a collection of paintings. I use the nest cameras to study these birds so that my paintings are as accurate as possible. Scroll down to see the full collection:
The Look Of A Peregrine, painted by Robert E Fuller
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