Apologies for the delays in writing, as I think everyone’s seen the great news from earlier this morning (local time). Swift produced her third egg a little after 3.30am and the colour looks fairly healthy, as are her two earlier efforts. Beau has been tending as best he can today but in possessing only a “2-egg undercarriage” he’s restricted to an unusual hovering stance to successfully cover all three eggs! We’ve amused ourselves at Beau’s expense over the last few years as his efforts against great odds, when the count is 3, has posed him logistical problems, and surely that look on his face now is one of bewilderment once more!
Swift seems to be tired but is a trooper and is eating very well. Beau has arrived a couple of times today with a snack. Cilla could correct me but today’s quarry again appears to be entirely introduced starlings. Indeed at one point Swift kept her snack in the eyrie and went back to it later on, showing it off in front of the ledge camera (not for the squeamish).
The question we ask now is, how many more eggs will appear, or will a quorum of three be a constant for Swift once more? This week we’ve retrieved some absolutely amazing, beautiful photos of these two peregrine falcons; too many to upload here but I’ll be rehashing the photo galleries soon and will load as many quality shots up as possible, for all to see. Not a day goes past when we don’t consider ourselves privileged to be a (silent) part of these two raptors’ lives. The solo pics of both birds are a treat but especially in the last couple of days we’ve watched some close interactions as well. Many regulars on campus often mention to us in passing that they enjoy hearing the peregrine calls across the trees and around the tower. We’re putting forward ideas now as to how we can expand our coverage, possible new camera locations, the use of PTZ technology etc. We’d look at trying the new-fangled UAV flying cameras to follow these falcons but there’s a chance we may not get our equipment back!! If there’s anything we can do to further the global understanding of peregrine falcons then it’s on the cards.