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South West Peregrine

Cornwall & Devon Peregrine Falcon Study Group since 2007

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April 2015

Passage Osprey and Red Kite on Local Patch

SWP Field worker Bob Bosisto managed to record two additions along with active Peregrine Eyries on his local patch in North Cornwall. Bob had spent the day on the coastline checking out traditional eyrie haunts and whilst recording data  for the BTO still found time to point the Camera skyward and capture two record shots of Osprey and Red kite. Red Kite are occasionally seen whilst out and about as numbers steadily increase, but the Osprey is great to see making it’s way northwards no doubt heading back to a breeding territory.

Red Kite Cornwall 15

We always laugh at what people are missing out on as they take in the stunning Cornish Views, always take time out of what you are doing and look skywards, you never know what you might spot.

Passage Osprey

First of the Season

The first of the Season for the group have appeared at the same eyrie yet again (they like to get it done and dusted early it would seem)

Having watched them incubate over the past couple of weeks we had estimated the date of the first Eyass to be around the 24th of April, and as it turns out on a Visit on Wednesday 22nd the Falcon was still sitting tight, when she left for a short spell to stretch her wings, you could tell she had just finished a long stint; she looked stiff and a little fed up as she circled the cove. Within two minutes she was back though, a mum’s work is never done ‘or so I was told!’

The next visit on the 25th (as this is of course all voluntary, if only it was paid employment) proved a joyous occasion. On arrival, and glassing over the eyrie she almost had a smile. You could just tell it had happened, within minutes she was forced to reveal a new bundle of fluff, or at least a wing or thigh (who can tell from 200+Metres through a scope with cam attached)

Next a head, also an egg, still yet to hatch. How many? the mind starts to wonder. Two hopefully, that would be nice ( as it was raining hard by now). Thirty minutes Peregriinning (this I believe is now a real word, I have used it on many occasions and like minded people don’t bat an eye) passes quickly no matter the weather. The equipment is getting looked after more as I remove my hat to ensure water does not reach the camera as leaning over is no longer enough. (yeah right)

She’s calling; her mate has arrived with food and has gone to pluck the quarry. She is agitated, calling across the cove, restless but still dutiful in covering the young eyasses. He is taking to long and we all need food I guess is her thought, as she awkwardly lifts herself over the white fluff.  then she departs the eyrie (on a mission) a big smile (this time from me) yep two, their bodies huddled together to maintain warmth. Nope wait, is it?, yes it is, there is a third and still one unhatched.

Three confirmed, and Egg (Thats the BTO NRS record card sorted). She is a brute when ripping the meat from the carcass, and then so delicate in the way in which each hungry youngster is fed; only a little at a time. You have to say Nature is just Brilliant.

A limited chance to own your very own Peregrine Art

A good friend and very talented local Artist Dave Scott from South Devon has created another stunning image of a Peregrine Falcon. We can reveal that you too could enjoy this beautiful study of a Peregrine in your own living room. Dave who is completely self taught, has announced that a limited edition of 100 prints all individually signed & numbered by himself will be made available soon.

Dave Scott - Artist, South Devon
Dave Scott – Artist, South Devon

We asked Dave what was the inspiration behind his latest study of Britains largest breeding Falcon ‘Falco peregrinus’, he had the following to say:

The idea behind the piece was an exercise in light & dark really with female at rest in a quarry or rock face just catching the first rays of the day . Sat fluffed with foot up with the rocks & lichens capturing the whole essence of the birds in their preferred habitats & favourite perches . I’m sure you have watched them do the same many times on the cliffs just having a quiet moment to themselves, their predator instincts shut down very momentarily ! Until target sighted both feet down ! plumage slicked back in tight ! head bob & off !

The original picture was painted in Acrylic onto board & the image size was 24”x 19”.

We urge all of our followers to take a further look at Dave’s work by visiting his website dascottartist.com in which lies a wide selection of Art from the Natural World.

We will be posting details on how to place an order as soon as they become available once Dave returns from a holiday abroad.

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