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2012 | First Peregrines to Hatch in Norwich in Living Memory

Here is their story on video with clips from the Norwich Cathedral Webcam earlier in 2012

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The female chick’s first flight


35 seconds in, a quick scratch and she’s gone


28 seconds till she goes in – the view from above

The male chick’s first flight | Young male leaves the nest Two views 04.45 12 June 2012


View from the side


View from above (no sound) 04.45 12 June 2012


Getting in shape for lift-off 1: 9 June 2012 Young male vigorously flapping his wings, from above.


Getting in shape for lift-off 2: 9 June 2012 Young male vigorously flapping his wings, the same incident from the side


Evening feed 7 June The chicks get fed again. The clip is under three minutes but th actual feed lasted for more than 20 minutes and at the end none of the yong peregrines showed any interest in eating anything more.


Afternoon feed 7 June The yongest begins to feed first and is joined by his siblings. Eveneually the youngest has had enough and leaves the feeding to preen.


Day 36 A chick brings up a pellet which lands on the ledge. The chick investigates it for a while before it falls over the side. Wing excercises follow. Pellets consist of indigestible bone and feathers which are regularly regurgitated by birds of prey, and can provide researchers with invaluable insights into the birds’ diets.


Day 28 for the older 2 chicks, furthest from the camera, now showing significant amounts of feather. Note the difference with the third chick, on the left 2 days younger. 30 May 2012


City living Close-up views of one chick surveying the city while one of Norwich’s emergency vehicles sounds its siren on the streets below 29 May 2012


Exercise time The older chicks are now 27 days old. Newly emerging feathers are clearly visible and here we see some vigorous flapping to strengthen the wing muscles. 29 May 2012


A hot and sunny day The chicks take an interest in their surroundings. The platform mimics a natural cliff-face nest site where there would be little or no shade so they are well able to cope with the conditions. The ‘panting’ is their way of keeping cool and doesn’t indicate extreme distress. An adult bird would use their wings as a sunshade if they felt it necessary. 24 May 2012


Feeding time for the downy chicks. It is Day 21 for the older two 23 May 2012


Just after the ringing 90 minutes after the chicks were ringed the male brings a food parcel for them, clearly unconcerned with earlier proceedings 21 May 2012

Tough love: two clips with different views of the same incident.


From the side


From above | The female is feeding the chicks and appears to spot danger (possibly black-backed gulls) and tries to cover them for protection. One slips away and shuffles to the far side of the nest platform. Eventually the female leaves the remaining two chicks and covers the wandering chick, before returning to the two. Finally she goes over to the errant chick and drags it forcefully back to the group. (2.00 pm 17 May 2102)


The chicks are growing at a remarkable rate. This is the first feed of the day and the little ‘un, now 12 days old (two days younger than the others) makes sure that it gets the lions share. Danger is ever present though. Off camera there are frequent aerial tussles between the peregrines and marauding Black Backed Gulls who are more than capable of snatching a chick of this size. (6.30 am 17 May 201)


The male brings food which the female takes away, while the male guards the chicks (12 May 2012)


Female flies off with uneaten food parcel (delivered by the male 45 minutes earlier) as Male brings in a fresh parcel and starts to feed it to the chick. This is the first time the male has fed the chicks although he has show signs of wanting to in the past. Then the female returns which her parcel and takes his as well, then she feeds the chicks and he flies away. (7 May 2012)


Same episode (Male’s first feed) viewed from above (7 May 2012)


Male flies in with a food parcel but is very reluctant to let the female have it. She has to wrestle it from him before feed it to the chicks.(7 May 2012)


Food pass and feed – 3 chicks and egg. Male arrives with prey and broods the chicks while the female takes a brief flight with the prey before returning to feed the chicks.(7 May 2012)


Male incubates the remaining egg while the female feeds the three chicks (7 May 2012)


The third chick’s first meal. Just 4 hours after hatching the third chick (nearest the camera) is winning its fair share of the food.


This clip shows the first good view of the peregrine chick which hatched on 2 May. This is the first live peregrine chick to hatch in Norwich for well over 100 years. The male seems reluctant to leave, suggesting that the bond between the parent birds and their chick is already very strong.


Here is the falcon laying the first egg of 2012


Here is the first visit by the male after the egg was laid


And here the pair see off an interloper

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