Sept 2007 – initial ideas and plans to build and mount a roost for a pair of curious peregrines; roost installed, cameras “borrowed” and connected, providing first images
early 2008 – falcon adults appear frequently to use the roost as a feeding post and are often visited by a much younger bird (possible prior season offspring)
Oct 2008 – the adults return after a short period away and immediately show an interest in building a nest, shifting gravel and general meddling
Oct 2008 – the first egg was laid and mum began her long vigil
Nov 2008 – a violent thunderstorm in the afternoon resulted in a direct strike on the water tower, a mere feet away from the nest; potentially fatal for both peregrines and their eggs
Dec 2008 – Migii (so named from the local Wiradjuri aboriginal for “lightning”) was born to plenty of publicity and interest
Dec 2008 – first visits from TV news crews, reporting on our feathered family
Dec 2008 – we received a visit from representatives from members of disbanded RAAF Beaufighter Squadron whose emblem ironically was a peregrine with a lightning bolt
Jan 2009 – (Day ) Right on target Migii is fully fledged and beginning to find the nest unbearably small
Jan 2009 – Migii flies off this morning on the maiden flight (just over weeks old); the roost returns to normal
Jan 2009 – the story continues …
August 2009 – adult pair spotted mating on the top of the water tower
Sept 2009 – the second season begins with eggs laid
Oct 2009 – two of the three eggs hatch
Oct 2009 – the third egg hatches, giving us a % increase on last year’s first recording season
Nov 2009 – all three fledglings leave the nest during a heatwave although the entire family still camps out in the trees below
Aug 2010 – our third active breeding is called
Sept 2010 – rd egg appears for the third project breeding season; incubation begins
Oct 2010 – Remaining egg for the third breeding season hatches; Solo officially joins us
Oct 2010 – Successful public previews of “The FalconCam Project” -minute movie presentation
Nov 2010 – Solo flies off, completing our our third season’s fledging
Aug 2011 – Swift and Beau are preparing their scrape for our 4th observed breeding season
29 Aug 2011 – 4th observed breeding season commences with first egg laid
09 Sept 2011 – Live video streaming capability to the Internet established; ongoing upgrades and improvements
04/06 Oct 2011 – hatching of all three eggs; Narrambla, Ophir and Byng join us
Oct 2011 – Live video streaming moved to CSU-based web pages due to 20x normal website traffic hits; new HD nest camera arrives (in testing)
Nov 2011 – all three eyases successfully fledged
Aug/Sept 2013 – 3 eggs laid for Season 6; 1 egg was destroyed by the peregrines
Feb 2014 – both cameras are now running in high-definition for surveillance and observation
2015 – Diamond replaced Swift, who was probably quite old and lame. Beau was replaced by Bula (means ‘two’ in Wiradjuri, the local Aboriginal language). Three successful fledgings: Tardy, Walga and Tumbler.
2016 – Bula disappeared at first hatching time and was replaced after a couple of weeks by Xavier (from Saviour as he saved the season). He didn’t help with brooding or feeding the chicks, but he provided for the family and we had three successful fledgings: Vim (m), Mell (f) and Rubi (f).
2017 – Diamond and Xavier’s first proper season. There were three eggs (one of which Xavier tried to feed (!), but only two hatched. Both successfully fledged: Bali (m) and Marragaay (f).
2018 – As for last year: three eggs, two hatched and produced two successful fledgelings: Budhin (m) and Gaama (f). Last sighting of juvenile was 2nd March.
2019 – seems like a pattern: three eggs, two hatched. Both successfully fledged: Gaia (f) and Pluto (m), but Gaia not seen again after three days after fledging. Xavier developing into a really good father, but every year he has to be trained again to ‘give up’ his prey!
2020 – three eggs as of 5/9/2020. Nearly lost the season (potentially) because of major works to be undertaken due to a leak in the water tower. A last minute stay of execution means the works have been postponed until after the season. It was noticed that prey were coming in up to 7 times a day during courtship and almost stopped once eggs were laid.