As we know both siblings fledged really well and were found together on the familiar roost tree earlier this week. A colleague (Chitra Shanker, a visiting academic, with a very serious camera) and I have been having fun watching flying lessons around the tower and the roost trees.
Here is her picture of one of the adults flying, well beyond my photography skills:
One of the juveniles (we think probably Pluto, based on size) has come back to the box and has been resting during the day. Here he is with Mum, Diamond.
And the next day he came back.
this video shows Diamond leaving when he approaches and some ducking when an adult swoops from the top of the tower.
Here is one of the juveniles (probably Pluto) on the tower roof. Note heart-shaped spots.
Juvenile in dead tree, probably Gaia. But also has heart-shaped spots! Photo by Chitra Shanker.
Have a lovely weekend. Let’s hope some of that forecast rain evenutates.
And to avoid confusion, birds at this stage can be called eyasses, which simply means pre-adult birds, OR fledgelings, which means recently taken their first flight, OR juveniles as they have juvenile plumage. There is no ‘fledgeling’ plumage, so it’s a stage rather than a look, if you see what I mean!
There are other definitions in use eg eyas often means unfledged, but is widely used for all young peregrines in the literature. I’m sure falconers have their terminology as well, but their plumage can be affected by their diet in captivity!