Tuesday saw a lot of action around the peregrine nest site.
From 10 am, the tiercel was on incubation duty and was constantly calling whilst sat on the nest. When the female arrived at 11:15 with prey in her grasp, it became clear what the male was complaining about: he was hungry.
He left the nest in pursuit of the female, but she was in no mood for sharing. To ensure he didn’t carry on following her, she flew further down the gorge, away from his calls of complaint.
Perseverance was the name of the game for the tiercel and he perched in the tree on our side of the gorge, no more than 20 metres away, crying for food!
The male gave up and returned to the nest 10 minutes later, to continue incubation, only to leave again when the female returned to cache what remained of her kill.
All his complaining paid off, so the female got the hint and took over incubation, leaving the male to try and find where she’d hidden her leftovers. Following a 20 minute search he gave up and flew off in search of fresh dinner.
Rhian – Seasonal Ranger