This is the first still from the peregrines’ new nest box camera at Wakefield Cathedral.
It shows the male peregrine giving the camera or its reflection a pretty hard stare before settling down to do some nest scraping.
The shot was taken on Thursday, December 31 and was posted on the @WfldPeregrines twitter page. The tweet, as of Monday morning, had been retweeted 35 times and liked 89 times.
The camera, which was installed last week, is linked to a digital video recorder in the bell ringing room at the cathedral.
Video footage is being put on the Wakefield Peregrines You Tube channel.
Francis Hickenbottom, of Wakefield Naturalists who led the peregrine watches last spring and summer when three chicks hatched, said “What we are hoping to see is a ledge display where the two birds go to their chosen site, face each other and bow down. We couldn’t see that last year. We would expect eggs by the end of March or early April. They were late last year because it was their first time breeding here.”
Incubation will take about four weeks and it is hoped that any chicks would be colour-ringed, which will enable the team to keep track of them.
To see the first video clip from the nest box camera please visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CmblOYqjq8&feature=youtu.be