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Bob Ford's Video Blog
Saturday February 9th 2019
In June 2006 I witnessed a very rare event on the Eastcliffs of Portland when I watched a female Peregrine hit the sea after missing a pigeon (see my Heights Hotel weekend report).
Today I checked on the Peregrines at this site again, as I often do, and was amazed to see that the female was sat on the cliff with her wings drooped, clearly drying herself off after getting soaked. Although the previous day had seen quite a bit of rain it would be most unlikely that she would still be wet, especially as the male bird was sat nearby perfectly dry.
So it seems that this bird had suffered the same fate as the one I saw 13 years ago. It is not out of the question that this is the same bird, as Peregrines have been known to live for 25 years in captivity and in the wild their average lifespan is 13 years.
Just below the Peregrines on the same cliff a Raven was sat on her nest, calling quietly to the male at regular intervals. As she was seen to leave the nest unattended after half an hour or so it is very likely that she was egg-laying, as until the whole clutch of four eggs are laid they do not need to be incubated.
Even though I used a heavy tripod both videos were affected by the strong winds today.
Offshore the strong winds and rough seas had attracted a large fishing flock of Gannets, accompanied by a variety of other seabirds, mostly Razorbills and Kittiwakes.