With Tumbler’s successful fledging this morning the “empty nest syndrome” begins; very sad to see a quiet eyrie for the first time in weeks… well, that is, all except for the city of flies that the remaining carnage up there has attracted (special high-altitude flies, 50m above the ground!). With some luck I spotted Tumbler up in the trees this afternoon, quietly taking in the world, the breeze in the trees and the ever-circling, and agitated, Diamond who was keeping an eye on her progeny from above and from the nearby tower.
The lonely peregrine chick in the pre-dawn light
Pergerine chick Tumbler fledges safely and with strength
and Bula is STILL there at 4.40, looking at the mess…
very nice photos you got of Tumbler Scott! i wish them all safe journeys in their new environment-will look forward to updates! thank you for sharing this wonderful season with us.
I found what I assumed to be Walga a bit disoriented near the back door to a building this morning and placed her back right in one of the roost trees, using a ladder to get her up. I have good photo, but my card reader is at home. This is the tree right at the centre of the copse of trees.
Scott, where did you find Tumbler? And how high up? Too high for a ladder? It looks like a different roost, so hopefully we have two birds safe.
Very hot day in Orange, so fingers crossed.
Lara Cowling is going to keep an eye on the birds this weekend for me.
Tumbler was sitting peacefully on a large gum branch, about 30 feet up, on the south-west corner of the clearing, below the tower. Didn’t seem like she wanted to go anywhere, even with me below her! Today and tomorrow will be a test for these new peregrines, with local temps around 32-33degC (+-91degF) but they tell us this summer has MUCH worse to come yet…. thanx Lara; call if you need a hand 🙂