They’re Back for 2009: It’s the Sussex Heights Peregrine Falcons!!

It’s great news for all wild-bird enthusiasts – both in Brighton and beyond – with a real online treat featuring coverage of these stunning birds of prey and available for us all to witness and beamed down for free from their Nest-box webcam!

This unique ‘Nestcam’ is already streaming live pictures from the nest box throughout the day – refreshed every minute – giving us a fascinating insight into the behaviour of these beautiful birds throughout their breeding season.


And there’s video footage too. Check out mum and dad (above) preparing their ‘scrape’ or nest, and chatting and flirting with one another before any eggs appear. The first egg is due any day so be first to watch it actually being laid from the comfort of your own home.

The nesting box was is 334 feet up at the top of Sussex Heights and each year since then the pair has successfully raised chicks – quite incredible since Peregrine falcons were extinct in Sussex between 1945 and 1990!

The peregrine falcon has slate blue upper parts and cream-coloured under parts with black bars, and a prominent “moustache” mark on the side of the face. Powerful and streamlined, they soar to heights of several hundred feet.

When these expert hunters swoop it has been recorded as the fastest animal on earth reaching speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour (322 km/h), and usually target a variety of birds (e.g. pigeons), all of which are caught in flight.

Peregrines are rare but remarkably widespread, with a more extensive natural global range than any other bird, being found on every continent except Antarctica.

When nesting, peregrines choose a site which is an isolated protected spot near good hunting grounds – a cliff or rocky outcrop. Nests consist simply of a shallow depression scraped out by the adults; no materials are ever added.

Recently, peregrines have started living in towns and cities on an increasingly regular basis, using tall buildings as nesting sites – a sheltered ledge high on an office tower makes a great towering cliff.

Mating begins a lifelong pairing, but they are so not equal – the female is usually the dominant partner.

Watch the story unfold by viewing the Nestcam today!

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