zaterdag 31 december 2016

woensdag 28 december 2016

zondag 25 december 2016

Alphen aan de Rijn 8:32 Man



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Orange NSW 5:43 Diamond & Xavier

5:21 Diamond on the ledge.
5:21 Xavier flies by several times.
5:43 Xavier flies by.
5:43 Xavier arrives.
5:43 Diamond leaves.
5:46 Xavier leaves.



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zaterdag 24 december 2016

Alphen aan de Rijn 15:37 Man



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Orange NSW Diamond snoozes through electrical storm

Diamond snoozes through electrical storm

Published 24 December, 2016 | By Cilla Kinross

We had a major storm last night. it went on and on, lightning all around for what seemed like an hour – quite a light show. Amazingly we didn’t lose power, either at home or work, but the storm seems to have damaged my internet wireless received at home (which is only 4 km as the crow flies from the uni).

Meanwhile… Diamond snoozed on oblivious, despite the campus being lit up as if at noon. And very heavy rain for an hour or so.

VIDEO 20161224 Xmas Eve lightning


Spare a thought for Xavier and the babies. There is supposed to be more today, but we seemed to have been spared the worst of it. Xavier has been in and out of the box all day, so none the worse for this.

Merry Christmas to all of you.

Cilla



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Orange NSW 9:11 Xavier in the box



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Alphen aan de Rijn 10:06 Man



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Alphen aan de Rijn 8:25 Man



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vrijdag 23 december 2016

Alphen aan de Rijn 16:19 Man



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Alphen aan de Rijn 15:05 Man



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De Mortel 8:27 Valk in de kast





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Orange NSW 22 dec 21:33 Diamond arrives

21:32 Xavier on the ledge.
21:33 Diamond arrives, Xavier leaves.



Comparison with last year

Published 23 December, 2016 | By Cilla Kinross

While sorting through previous years’ notebooks to find a suitably tidy set of entries to send to Chris and Sue, I looked up last year’s post-fledging sightings around the box and found that there was a certain similarity up until mid-December.

The fledglings were Tumbler, Walga (females) and Tardy (male, always last to do anything, but actually first to leave). They fledged mid-November (16-18th, days 39-41). The pattern was similar to last year, after a week or so of chaos and missing birds, all 3 juveniles assembled in the ‘park’ opposite the roost with the parents by 25th November. After a week or so they then moved to the large dead tree on the farm, a few hundred metres away (the same one as this year). The birds were seen frequently in and around the campus. On 15th December juvenile female arrived in the box on 15th December and stayed for a few hours.

Both male and female restarted to prepare the scrape in December, although not with much vigour. Prey was occasionally stashed in the box.

On 5th January, a juvenile tried to land in the box, but Diamond chased it off. And you might be interested to know that I was still getting records of juvenile flypasts (once or twice weekly) until 13th February. The adult would pursue it, or vice versa.

In previous years I’ve also noticed that juveniles are here for 6-8 weeks after fledging, so, it is disappointing to have so few sightings of our trio this year. I’ve looked for them almost daily without any luck after such a short post-fledging period (3-4 weeks) and my spies around campus have also come up with nothing. There was a rainstorm the night before they ‘disappeared’ but I really don’t think that would have been a major problem (and not for all three at once). Anyway, I haven’t given up on finding them and will let you know as soon as do. But I’ll be away 5-15 Jan, so there’ll be fewer updates from now on.

Anyway, our couple live on doing all the normal peregrine couple things, with little prey coming into the box now, although both arrive with red tootsies or chest, obvious signs of recent kills.

Sometimes Diamond has been absent at night, or arrived very late (eg at one in the morning) and last night at 9.30 pm, suggesting gently to Xavier that he vacates the premises. They must be able to see and fly well in the pitch dark. I’ve read that they occasionally hunt at night, but I don’t have any evidence of that with our birds.

20161222 night swap


All the best for Christmas and the New Year and thanks for all your very interesting comments over the breeding season.

Cilla



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Alphen aan de Rijn 8:11 Man



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maandag 19 december 2016

zondag 18 december 2016

Orange NSW 8:17 Xavier & Diamond

8:08 Xavier on the ledge.
8:17 Diamond arrives and leaves with leftovers.



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Orange NSW 5:51 Xavier leaves with prey

5:04 Diamond leaves without prey.
5:16 Xavier arrives.
5:22 Xavier starts eating the prey.
5:51 Xavier leaves with prey.



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zaterdag 17 december 2016

Orange NSW 20:20 Diamond with a large prey

20:20 Xavier flies by, Diamond arrives with a large prey.
20:26 Diamond leaves without prey.
20:27 Xavier arrives.
20:28 Xavier leaves.
20:34 Diamond arrives.
20:38 Diamond starts eating the prey.



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donderdag 15 december 2016

Orange NSW 20:43 Xavier & Diamond

20:42 Xavier on the ledge.
20:43 Diamond arrives.
20:47 Xavier leaves.



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woensdag 14 december 2016

Alphen aan de Rijn 16:55 Man



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Orange NSW 20:35 Xavier & Diamond

20:35 Xavier on the ledge, Diamond arrives.
20:38 Xavier leaves.



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Cilla Kinross says:
14 December, 2016 at 5:35 pm

Apologies for lack of updates. I’ve had a busy week & week-end and am still trying to catch up and should be able to do a summary on Friday (have to go to Dubbo tomorrow to try and prevent reductions to the environmental flows of our main river, Murray Darling).

I’ve looked every day for youngsters without success, but I’m confident they are doing fine, just difficult to find! Some storms and rain showers are forecast for the next few days.

Orange NSW 8:54 Xavier & Diamond

8:53 Xavier on the ledge.
8:54 Diamond arrives.
9:00 Xavier leaves.



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dinsdag 13 december 2016

Orange NSW 14 Dec 5:13 Diamond & Xavier

5:09 Diamond on the ledge.
5:13 Xavier arrives.
5:14 Diamond leaves.



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Orange NSW 14 Dec 0:43 Diamond arrives

0:43 Diamond arrives, strange landing.



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Orange NSW 7:34 Xavier with prey

5:21 Xavier arrives, Diamond was not in the box last night.
5:37 Xavier leaves.
7:34 Xavier arrives with prey.
7:42 Xavier leaves with prey.



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vrijdag 9 december 2016

Orange NSW 19:46 Xavier & Diamond

19:14 Xavier on the ledge.
19:23 Xavier leaves.
19:42 Xavier arrives.
19:43 Xavier leaves.
19:44 Xavier arrives.
19:45 Xavier leaves, Diamond follows him outside.
19:46 Xavier arrives, Diamond arrives.
19:49 Xavier leaves.



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Alphen aan de Rijn 8:08 Juveniel



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donderdag 8 december 2016

De Mortel 8:28 Valk in de kast



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Orange NSW 19:54 Xavier & Diamond

A lot of freeze in the ledge-video.
19:14 Xavier arrives.
19:54 Diamond arrives.
19:55 Xavier leaves.
21:41 A lot of wind, Diamond goes into the box.



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Alphen aan de Rijn 8:15 Juveniel



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woensdag 7 december 2016

Orange NSW 8 Dec 5:07 Diamond & Xavier

5:06 Diamond on the ledge.
5:07 Xavier arrives.
5:09 Diamond leaves.
5:32 Xavier leaves.
5:33 Xavier arrives.
5:45 Xavier leaves.



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Orange NSW 16:05 Cilla Kinross cleans the box

16:05 Cilla Kinross cleans the box and puts new stones in.
19:34 Xavier on the ledge, Diamond flies by.
19:51 Xavier leaves and returns.
19:53 Xavier leaves.
20:08 Diamond arrives.



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Orange NSW Pere juveniles 1 kestrels 2

Published 7 December, 2016 | By Cilla Kinross Pere juveniles 1 kestrels 2

On Friday evening I found a lone juvenile (probably Vim) on their dead tree; no sign of the others.


Juvenile snoozing in late afternoon sun





Nearby was a pair of Australian (=Nankeen) Kestrels, so I amused myself trying to photograph them (no sign of juveniles, alas)


Cheeky kestrels hunting near peregrine roost tree



I also got better photo of the yellow box (Eucalyptus melliodora) one of Australia’s most beautiful trees (in my mind, at least) and excellent honey trees.


yellow box near roost tree



I haven’t had a chance to get back out there until today, but couldn’t find any trace of them, although Xavier is visiting regularly to the box and Diamond is there overnight. And there are occasions when they get together. Here Xavier is preparing a scrape (which is gone now as I cleaned the box today, so he might get a bit of surprise when he gets back).


Xavier getting ready for next year (a bit early!)





I’ll go out again this evening and see if I can find them. I don’t think they will have gone yet. Juveniles are usually around for a month at least. I think they have just moved to another tree, perhaps a bit further away. Diamond is away all day, so appears to be much of the supervision.

I’ll also go back up and do a better job of cleaning the cameras!

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dinsdag 6 december 2016

Orange NSW 7 dec 5:18 Diamond & Xavier

5:12 Diamond on the ledge.
5:18 Xavier arrives, Diamond leaves.
5:21 Xavier leaves and returns.
5:34 Xavier leaves.



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Orange NSW 19:48 Xavier & Diamond

19:43 Xavier arrives.
19:48 Diamond arrives.
19:54 Xavier leaves.



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De Mortel 8:03 Man en vrouw



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Alphen aan de Rijn 8:00 Juveniel



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maandag 5 december 2016

Orange NSW 6 dec 5:46 Diamond & Xavier

5:24 Diamond on the ledge. 5:29 Xavier flies by.
5:46 Xavier arrives, Diamond leaves.
6:29 Xavier leaves.



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Alphen aan de Rijn 10:35 Man & Juveniel

Juveniel jaagt de man uit de kast.



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De Mortel 8:33 Man en vrouw





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zaterdag 3 december 2016

Orange NSW 4 dec 5:10 Diamond leaves with prey

5:10 Diamond on the ledge, Xavier flies by.
5:10 Xavier arrives, Diamond leaves with the stored prey.
5:12 Xavier leaves.
5:48 Xavier arrives.
5:50 Xavier leaves.



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Orange NSW 20:38 Diamond with prey

20:38 Diamond arrives with prey.
20:41 She stores the prey in the box.



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Orange NSW 7:18 Xavier in the box

7:02 Xavier arrives.
7:18 Xavier goes into to box.
7:20 A large bird flies by, Xavier returns to the ledge.
7:22 Xavier goes into to box.
7:29 Xavier leaves and returns.
He takes the box in his possession.
8:57 Xavier leaves.



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vrijdag 2 december 2016

Orange NSW 3 dec 5:45 Xavier with prey

5:45 Xavier arrives with prey.
6:36 Xavier leaves with prey.



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Orange NSW 3 dec 5:13 Diamond leaves

5:13 Diamond leaves, Xavier arrives.
5:32 Xavier leaves and arrives.
5:38 Xavier leaves.



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Alphen aan de Rijn 14:45 Man & Vrouw



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Orange NSW 18:21 Xavier with prey

18:21 Xavier arrives with prey.
18:55 Xavier leaves with prey.



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Orange NSW 5:20 Diamond leaves

5:20 Diamond leaves.
5:21 Xavier arrives.
5:32 Xavier leaves.
5:32 Xavier arrives.
5:44 Xavier leaves.
5:44 Xavier arrives.
5:53 Xavier leaves.



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donderdag 1 december 2016

Orange NSW 20:06 Xavier with prey

15:25 Xavier arrives.
15:27 Xavier leaves.
15:31 Xavier arrives.
15:38 Xavier leaves.
17:18 Diamond arrives.
19:37 Diamond leaves.
19:38 Xavier arrives.
19:46 Xavier leaves.
20:06 Xavier arrives with prey.
20:08 Xavier leaves with prey.
20:14 Diamond arrives.



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Orange NSW Two weeks on the wing

Two weeks on the wing

Published 1 December, 2016 | By Cilla Kinross

At sunset tonight, I found all three juveniles in their usual area, looking sleek and well fed, with evidence of a recent galah kill on a rock near the dead tree. Here are our sisters Mell and Rubi on the same branch, after I disturbed one of them on the prey (nothing much left but feathers).







And here is Vim, the little brother, for once on a lower branch.


Vim at sunset

And looking right at me



And Diamond circling above me, ensuring I mean no harm



Interestingly there were starlings, mapgpies and willie wagtails in the same dead tree, with the willies giving Mell a hard time when she moved into a different tree for a while. I’ve never seen magpies or willies on the menu, but the starlings should watch out!

I’ve got to organise two year final parties this weekend and early next week (one musical, one landcare), so might leave them to it for a few days. Obviously, they don’t need our help any more.

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Alphen aan de Rijn 12:24 Juveniel



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