Peregrine Falcon chicks in the Plym Valley are fed by their mother

This morning, Thursday 9th June I carried out one of my twice weekly watched of 4 hours duration. I relieve the early morning watcher at 0800 and one of the first tasks I have to do before putting out the scopes on the viewing platform is to check the small bird feeders and top them up as necessary. The National Trust sponsors the feeding of small birds in the valley as a distraction when there is little going on the quarry face and we keep bulk feed in a shed for that purpose. The shed is in an advantageous position relatively close to the nesting site and I suppose about 35m distant from the nest. At this time of year the foliage from sycamore and oak trees completely cover the site apart from a 30cm “hole” through the leaves and one can take average photos if the light is good.

I was intending this morning to photograph the small birds as I filled up the feeders so I had my camera and long lens with me and the photos I got of the Peregrine nesting site set me thinking that the subscribers to “I Spy A Bird” would like to share them.

John

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9 Jun, 2011
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littlewren said:

how lucky to be able to view this...

9 Jun, 2011
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jane said:

Thank you for sharing this with us here John.Wonderful work you are all doing to help protect this bird..and the added bonus of being able to see at first hand the activities of the nesting family.Lovely series of photos charting their progress...

10 Jun, 2011
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aster said:

A very interesting blog,what a wonderful sight :) Many thanks for sharing these photo's with us.

10 Jun, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

Echo all of the above John..you are doing a wonderful job there...and many thanks for sharing..

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