Hatching in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, the sequel.
One hour after the piercing of its shell, the first falcon of Woluwe-Saint-Pierre 2019 hatched! Most of the time, hatching takes several hours, sometimes a whole day. Here, it happened in record time. Moreover, it was possible to attend directly at the whole process though live-streaming, shown in the video attached! An incredible chance! The female lifted herself up slightly, facing the camera, allowing us a detailed observation! A rarity to witness, now to watch over again in the video attached!
The falcon pushes with all his strength upwards to detach that part of the egg he had cut earlier. As this "cover" comes off, the chick appears. We clearly distinguish its body. A wing, a paw. One last effort, it pushes again and again, but its head is still in the back of the eggshell. The female seems to want to help it. She sees its efforts. It pushes and pushes. She is watching it carefully. Is she anxious? Hence, she takes care to warm it, as well as the 3 eggs that did not hatch yet, safe between her feathers.
And then, it's the deliverance. Paradoxically, the chick is released first from the lower part of the shell. Hence, it still has the hat on its head! He is inert, exhausted. And what does the female do? She eats the remnants of the membrane that are still left in the shell. What a behaviour! The falcon recovers a little, it gets up again and manages, finally, to free itself completely. Exhausted, it falls underneath the female who needs to keep it warm. Its white down is all wet; it will be necessary to wait a little before it is completely dry. And then, it will be time for a first meal.
On April 14, 2019, a new generation of peregrine falcons arrived in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre! This is the fifth year that peregrines nest in the tower of the City Hall.
In the meantime, the family of Saint Job church in Uccle has grown. They are 4 now and have already changed dramatically since hatching, barely 5 days ago.
Photo 1: hatching of the first chick in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre (sequence one of three)
Photo 2: hatching of the first chick in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre (sequence two of three)
Photo 3: hatching of the first chick in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre (sequence three of three)
Photo 4: the first falcon of Woluwe-Saint-Pierre