This morning (local Aust time) at 9.47am we witnessed the arrival of the first egg, laid quickly and uncomfortably, but safely. Thanks Ingrid for the fast comment time – we’ve been in to check the footage, and video clips will be available across the space of today (with links in here). Swift looks tired in some of the images but relieved. Not long after laying this first, beautiful, strongly coloured egg Beau rocketed in from across the paddocks to the Concrete Hilton but was seen off quickly, as you can imagine!
[ video clip – Swift hatching her first 2014 egg ]
Swift has had us all on edge waiting to see if this season will continue as per normal so today was a brightly cheery moment. Security has been stepped up on the tower, and the public viewing computer in the Orange campus Learning Commons entrance has been switched back on and is broadcasting the Nest camera for locals to see in real time 24/7; thankyou to David Kasakeijan-Ross for letting us hog his own office space for the equipment; appreciated muchly!
We await further appearances over the next couple of days but it’s a great start…. Video links will be added to this post as they are processed……
Congrats Beau & Swift & Scott, on egg #1. Now for egg 2, 3 & 4 and the season will be on its’ way. Looking forward to watching the adventure from Canada. (wink)
Wonder if we in UK will be up for another late night (for us) egg? It seems a bit strange that as we are ready for bed here you are just starting your day!!
Egg #2 has arrived. I missed the actual labor, but saw it for the first time at 5:14 am
Hooray, egg #2 here safely & the lovely Swift having a rest! A turn around on delivery times too, won’t be a wee small hours job for us this time! I have no doubt that one of our watchers here in UK will have a vid of the whole proceedings!
Bummer, I missed the arrival of the second egg (got caught up in reading an article about astronomy)
Congratulation again, 68 hours after # 1.
I noticed the first egg is covered almost all the time by both falcons, I bet the cold weather is the reason. Normally they leave the first eggs uncovered a lot, so that the whole clutch hatches close together.
The second egg is a little more speckled. That is a great help to keep track of them 😉
Morning everyone! What fantastic news; don’t panic about video clips. I’ll be heading in to campus shortly to retrieve it off the surveillance server and will post it as soon as possible. Swift had us all worried there, but normality has returned. Thanks to you all for your dedicated watching!!… Scott