Bath chicks thriving on St John’s Church

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The peregrine chicks on St John’s Church in Bath. By Hamish Smith
Adult female feeding the Bath peregrine chicks. By Hamish Smith
Adult female feeding the Bath peregrine chicks. By Hamish Smith

The female returned from hunting, circled and called to the male who was sitting on the church. It looked like she was planning a food pass but he wasn’t interested. She then flew to the box and fed the chicks herself. Shot from a couple of hundred yards with a 500mm lens + 2x extender it’s a hefty crop and a bit soft…

 

This is a shot of the adult female feeding the chicks today.

2 Responses to Bath chicks thriving on St John’s Church

  1. Although The Peregrines on St Johns Church at Bath catch mainly pigeons, they also catch a variety of other birds and we are sure that they catch migrating birds at night. Members of the Hawk and Owl Trust local group collect feathers and other remains of prey that fall to the street and send tham to Ed Drewitt in Bristol for identification and records. The two young peregrines are flying well and hopefully will soon learn to hunt on their own.

  2. I was watching the peregrine young from the Manvers St side on Sunday night when something fell to the ground from where they were perched. It was the partly feathered skull of what I think is a woodcock. Quite a diverse diet!

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