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!
Yesterday morning, one of the two falcons of Uccle left the nest of the bell tower of the Saint Job church. He was spotted and photographed on the window sill of a house not far away. Going by the latest news, the second hatchling is still in the nest. He spends most of his time observing the sky and is therefore often hidden in the thick wall of the tower.
Yesterday afternoon, the sole hatchling of the cathedral showed the first signs of flight. He left the nest but ... on legs. He went for a walk on the stone ledge that surrounds the tower of the cathedral, at the height of the nest. A real balancing act because this rim is only ten cm wide, with 50 m of vacuum below. Make sure you don’t slip! After about ten minutes of exploration, he returned to the balcony.
In Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, there is also a story of a balcony. Last night, the falcon N / 7 jumped from its balcony to arrive 1 m lower on ... the balcony of the steeple of the tower of the town hall. A classic, we observe such behaviour each year. Just like in the cathedral, this is normal exploratory behaviour among the Peregrines close to flight. This way, the young falcon exercises its wings and legs before taking the big and final leap. He will most likely be joined by his brothers shortly. A ladder system placed on the other side of the steeple with respect to the nest, allows the Peregrine to ride back on the guardrail of the pinnacle and finally to jump into the air.
To be continued !