Around 03:54 on 8 October a definite peep was heard. Around that time Diamond raised up and a clear crack could be seen in the shell. I am told that it takes about 4 hours from that point for the chick to fully emerge.
I know that so many of you have waited patiently – like I have – for this hatch. Xavier and Diamond are much loved falcons by people around the world. Last year they parented the single hatch, Izzi. Izzi brought so much joy around the world. He was quite the character. I hope that this year they have three successful hatches and fledges! That would be terrific.
Diamond and the chick are working hard. This one could be out sooner!
Here is the link to the streaming cam so you do not miss a thing!
I will keep you posted on the progress. This is so exciting!
Thank you to Charles Sturt University at Orange and the Falcon Cam as wellas Cilla Kinross, the primary researcher for the streaming cam where I took my screen shots.
Featured Image: Xavier examining the eggs two days ago, getting ready to incubate.
I went to the UK as a Commonwealth Scholar in 1990 and received my PhD from the University of Leicester in 1993. After three decades of university teaching, I retired to devote my time to the study of raptor behaviour. I am particularly interested in Ospreys and am working on a long term project on third hatch survival and siblicide in these raptors. My blog is a result of a fascination with my local wildlife and the desire to encourage others to love and care for birds! I live on the Canadian Prairies and prior to the pandemic travelled a lot. I am questioning the use of aviation fuel at the moment as we all strive to help our planet. My early research was in politics and art including British public statues exported to Southeast Asia and Vietnam Resistors that contributed much to Canadian ceramics. Books and articles were published on those subjects over a period of 3 decades. Now I am working on books for children so they can learn about the challenges our raptors face.
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Thank you Mary Ann! So happy to hear this! Looking forward to the next post from you. Thanks for the link also!
You are welcome. I don’t know if you follow Falcons but, like the Albatross, there is never, normally any upsetting news. Eyases hatch close together so no rivalry. All fledge. The only distressing moments can be when prey is brought in. At 367 Collins it is normally pigeons but parrots are the pigeons of rural Australia. The view should be better once the night lens is off!