Advent Calendar – Day 8

Chas Moonie, one of this year’s volunteers for Project Peregrine, shares his highlights of the year with the Falls of Clyde team!

Peregrine Juvenile © Chas Moonie

“Photographing the number one Raptor at close range was a dream come true, and just watching the nesting pair as they reared their young was an unforgettable privilege which will stay with me forever. I dreamt of that close range shot which was never quite close enough (they never are!), and on my final day in the final minutes as a volunteer I looked at my watch…3.05, come on Tom, you are late…I need to go!

Thank goodness Tom was held up or I would have missed that dream encounter, and as he appeared above the Peregrine watch hut I heard the Tiercel screaming above the gorge, two youngsters in hot pursuit.  The Tiercel dropped his prey (starling) and one of the eyasses grabbed the food mid-air. To my amazement both of them landed 10 feet away on the fence, so close I had to move back to fit one of them in the camera frame, my dream shot had come true!”

 

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Chas Moonie, one of this year’s volunteers for Project Peregrine, shares his highlights of the year with the Falls of Clyde team! “Photographing the number one Raptor at close range …

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