Some of the peregrine juveniles, plus Dad have been helping themselves to the current explosion of cicadas on campus. Easy pickings. Here is Dad with his catch:
Both juveniles have been visiting the box over the weekend, mostly whilst in hot pursuit of a parent. It is not known yet whether either has caught their own prey yet, although at least cicadas are a start. But I would expect them to be hunting very soon. Here the young male, Budhin is chasing Diamond.
On Saturday, we had the delightful sight of an Australian mapgie, flying down in a stoop, probably from the top of the water tower. Perhaps he had been watching our peregrines!
And here is the original – Xavier, we think
Xavier is always keen to start preparations for next year. Little does he know that I will ruin all his good work when I clean the box in the New Year! the
Forecast is for fine all week – good think as we are all making hay this week. I’ll be going down later this afternoon to see if I can catch the youngsters in their roost tree home.