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Sunday 20 August 2017

Battersea Power Station 2017

Another good year for the pair, as per 2016 they have again fledged 4 juveniles with construction works in full swing.

The 4 chimneys have now all been demolished and rebuilt, now painted, the peregrines are again using them extensively for hunting along with many of the site Cranes. The fact is that they simply never stopped using the chimneys even during re construction, having spoken to some of the chimney workers; many have had incredible views aloft of the birds.

Once the new glass lift to the top of the North West chimney is in situ, I would imagine the public will not only get incredible views of London, but also of the peregrines floating by.

We unfortunately lost one of the juveniles, much the same as in 2016, this is sad but normal and has happened on at least 5 of the sites that I monitor this year, fledging in an urban area is usually always a hazardous business I’m afraid.

The remaining 3 are now venturing further afield exploring the adults territory, it’s becoming harder to catch up with them on my visits, however I did get lucky on August 6th with all 3 very active.

The Power Station

2 of the juveniles

Adult and juvenile on one of the new chimneys

A flat out adult chasing down prey low over one of the Cranes

Usual hunting position

Another favoured position

Adult just launched off the chimney gathering speed

Juvenile suddenly realizing how big its feet are

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