Yesterday morning, I needed a little TLC for myself and some alone time to just think. Sometimes life just gets that way, and there is nothing better for me than to take some time out in nature to soothe the spirit and it did.
I drove up to the site of the Peregrine Falcons which look to be just days away from their first flight. The 2 young males will go first and then the 2 females, one every other day. There is always risk when these nest boxes sit over water sources, that the young ones may take a plunge. They can swim actually with a very good breast stroke I have been told by Chuck Culp with Wingspan. He has seen them swim from one side of the Ohio River and then back the other way again...poor things get all tuckered out.
Even though I arrived at 7:45 AM, and thought I might catch a feeding, I was too late and the adults were not very active. In one image you can see the male standing guard from a high point on the bridge. Another image shows the female flying away from the male after taking turns at point guard.
I had just about given up on being able to view the fourth young one, when it finally made a brief appearance, before I had to gather my things and return in the direction of home~