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Kestrel Webcam

This webcam was within a thread last year. I think that it is worth a thread on its own. At present the kestrel is sitting on eggs. There are at least three eggs waiting to hatch.

The nest box is in Muttenz, Basel. Link to webcam

It was fascinating to watch the chicks grow up last year, and eventually leave the nest. The webcam also has night vision.
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Old 24.05.2009, 11:27
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As the Mother was turning the eggs, I have just spotted that there are five eggs. No sign of hatching though.
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Old 24.05.2009, 12:25
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Thanky you! It's going to be great once they hatch! I'll probably miss it though, as you do.
Did they hatch during the day or night last time?
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Old 24.05.2009, 12:48
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Thanky you! It's going to be great once they hatch! I'll probably miss it though, as you do.
Did they hatch during the day or night last time?
I didn't see the webcam last year until June. By then, the chicks were already growing up.

I guess that they hatch out during the day while it is warm. I am not a biologist, so don't count on that.
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Old 27.05.2009, 12:59
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Hatching / hatched now! Quick!
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Old 27.05.2009, 19:05
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Hatching / hatched now! Quick!
I missed that. Cannot access this on work computers

Cute little white fluffy chicks. Just been watching them feeding
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AWWWWWWW! They are getting so big and fluffeh now, whilst remaining very tiny.
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Old 10.06.2009, 00:07
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Re: Kestrel Webcam

I was watching them earlier today. They are getting quite vocal when they are left alone for a short while. There are some signs of colour developing on their feathers.

At present they are still keeping huddled together in a group. I guess that they haven't gained enough weight yet to maintain their body heat, or is this just for security?
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One is really tucking into some small chick in the corner, it's amazing how fast they grow!
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Old 11.06.2009, 17:29
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One is really tucking into some small chick in the corner, it's amazing how fast they grow!
That is a bit like the scene on Springwatch on BBC last week. They had a webcam in a Lapwings nest and a Kestrels nest. The Kestrel left its nest and took one of the Lapwing chicks from in front of the webcam and fed it to its young - all on TV

That's nature for you.
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Old 11.06.2009, 18:09
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Saw a male Kestrel when I was walking home from work today. It looked like it had been having a look in people's gardens.
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Old 26.06.2009, 08:01
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Re: Kestrel Webcam

It looks as they may by flying the nest shortly. I think that one has already left and I have just seen another perched on the side flapping its wings in readiness. It thouught better of it and returned to the safety of the box.

They have grown up really quickly. It was just 27th May when they hatched.
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Looks like they've been ringed as well.
Hope the 5th one's OK, and not been nabbed by Craig David or something
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Old 26.06.2009, 18:56
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I just spotted another one fly off. There are only two there now. One of those looks ready to go. The last one is looking a bit sorry for itself all alone in the corner
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I think that the last one is about to fly away. It has been having a go but doesn't quite seem sure.

Be brave - You can do it!
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Old 28.06.2009, 21:48
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Indeed, it's getting lonely in the nest ( infrared goggles)
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Old 28.06.2009, 23:35
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Indeed, it's getting lonely in the nest ( infrared goggles)
The last one did fly from the box today for a while. Several have returned to the box for the night to keep it company.
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Re: Kestrel Webcam

A bump for the Kestrel Webcam in Basel. The mother is sitting on at least four eggs.

Last year they hatched on 27th May.

Webcam includes infra-red camera for night viewing.
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The eggs have hatched. They obviously didn't want to miss the lovely weather that you have there at present, or perhaps it was the Sunday Afternoon BBQ not far away that tempted them out
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Good views of the babies now.
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