When I checked the cctv stream this morning I thought I caught a glimpse of something white and fluffy, but it's only when the falcon moved a piece of eggshell that I knew: at least one chick had hatched:
I had to wait for another 40 minutes before seeing the first chick properly:
Then, towards the end of the morning, surprise, surprise: 2 chicks!
Notice that a piece of eggshell has fallen out of the nestbox. It was subsequently picked up by the female and brought back in the box
Unfortunately the recording equipment broke down so we do not have video clips to show you and can't pinpoint hatching times more accurately. Hopefully, this should be fixed tomorrow.
Talking of recordings, nearly 2 weeks ago, a podcast was recorded at the London Wetland Centre, which will be hopefully the first of many. On the menu, latest sightings from around the reserve, photography tips and a short summary about the Peregrine pair.
You can listen/download it here on iTunes.