The hatchlings are here!
A first falcon hatched this morning around 06:37 at the top of the north tower of the Cathedral of Saint Michael and Saint Gudula in the center of Brussels. Watch video excerpt 1 here! The camera still films in infra-red, so the images are in black and white. The female falcon rises slightly; we see an open shell and two little feet beat the air. The falcon is still partly in its shell, but makes a final push. It's time to get out!
First little falcons hatching!
This morning, around 07:15, the female Peregrine from Uccle rose slightly, and a piece of shell appeared! The camera is still filming in infra-red and thus the image is black and white, but there can be no doubt : the first falcon of 2018 has hatched.
The Falcon calendar and ... 5 eggs at the cathedral!
The nesting season of Peregrine Falcons begins relatively early; in February, with the courtship displays. However, these are generally brief, especially when the couple already knows each other.
The joys of observation
It’s here, a new Peregrine Falcon-watching season begins today! And it will last for about two months, until the younglings fly out.