Brussels: the city of the Peregrine
April 2018: time for a new Spring full of observations and discoveries!
They had completely disappeared in Belgium and in most areas in Europe. The culprits: poaching, hunting, habitat disruption, but most of all the use of pesticides like DDT. But then people mobilized to find solutions for these problems, and they worked! The falcons have returned! It was in 2004 that a couple of Peregrine Falcons first settled at the top of the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula, in the heart of Brussels. Since then, 12 couples have nested on different places in a city with a million inhabitants.
We offer the opportunity to follow the nesting cycle of three Peregrine families in Brussels live, day and night. From the hatching of the nestlings to their first flight! Cameras were installed very close to the nests. The images are broadcasted in HD streaming on the website. The scenes are 100% natural: no trickery, all the falcons settled on each site on their own.
Welcome on the website of the Brussels’s Peregrine falcons!
The young Peregrine of the cathedral took its first flight!
It happened at 3:31 pm today. The young Peregrine of the cathedral took off from the balcony where it was hatched exactly 42 days ago. The attached video shows his last flutters on the balcony. So exciting!
First flight in Uccle! Exciting observations at the cathedral and in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre!
It was to be expected: with only male hatchlingss under observation, the first flight would take place sooner than usual. Indeed, males are significantly smaller than females but they grow faster than their sisters. They leave the nest a little earlier thanafter the 6 "classic" weeks. Moreover, when there are only one or two falcons to feed, we can imagine that they grow a little faster than when there are four beaks to feed!