The peregrine chicks have been showing of their newly discovered wings at the National Trust Plymbridge Woods estate. The public viewing platform on the Cann Quarry viaduct gives some spectacular sightings.
At 7 weeks old and with only a week and a half’s flying practice under their belts, they are already showing themselves to be accomplished fliers. Landing on the other hand is not so easy! The juveniles have been learning the hard way that some branches are too small for a peregrine to land on, braking is necessary before landing and it can take several attempts to land on a small ledge on the quarry face. So our young peregrines have a lot to learn before they can fly and hunt with the same grace and elegance as mum and dad. In the meantime, we are lucky enough to watch as the young find their wings and test their abilities.
Peregrines are, however, very fast learners so it won’t be long before the juveniles are able to fend for themselves.
We are still seeing the kestrel parents going in and out of their nest site. We are expecting to see chicks any day now. Stay posted for news!
Thanks again to Steve Waterhouse for the beautiful photos.