As the eyasses are getting bigger the falcon is tending to leave the eyrie for longer periods of time. Yesterday she was away from the eyasses for just over one hour. One of the adults will still be around the eyrie though to make sure predators such as raven and buzzard don’t try and grab the eyasses and an easy meal. The falcon will start to hunt soon as the tiercel has been doing the bulk of the hunting and predominantly bringing in starling for the eyasses to feed on.
The eyasses with their fluffy white plumage don’t need covering up quite as much. They tend to snuggle together to keep warm, sleeping most of the time until one of the adults brings in some food and they soon perk up. If you look at the eyasses talons they are massive and far too big for their bodies, giving them a clumsy, comical look.
Tom Hall – Species Protection Officer