Saturday, September 19, 2009

~Smoky guarding their nest~

Testing new 12 mp camera on Smoky from 70 times optical at 3 mp. He and BB have been close to their nest since the interloper pair tried to take over when they were away teaching their young the ways of the peregrine world.

Nest is in the far tower window. That little box in the lower right corner.
These photos were taken from this spot later in the shade of the afternoon.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

~Lots of Peregrine activity at UB~

We found Smoky on the VA Water Tower today and he was looking every which way
for a while before flying off and joining BB on MacKay Tower. They both left the
tower and flew in circles overhead before flying out of sight.

On a second visit a bit later, both BB and Smoky were again on MacKay. The birds are frequently seen inside the nestbox, especially BB who likes to eat in there.

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Friday, September 4, 2009

~BB and Smoky at home~

Today we found Smoky on the window ledge of the east side of MacKay. After a while he flew to the nestbox side and landed on the long perch. It wasn't long before we spotted BB who had been deep in the box. She started to walk around dragging prey, eating and finally she came out to the short perch.

Smoky flew off and BB kept watching for him, looking up to the right and up to the left. This all took place over an hour in mid-afternoon. The MacKay windows are reflecting the blue sky and clouds of the lovely day.

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