Alcoa Anglesea Peregrine Falcon Webcam
Monday 01 December, 2014
Our chicks have taken flight leaving Ava sitting alone on the edge of the bunker. Fledging, leaving the nest, is a part of the life cycle of the juvenile Peregrine falcon and usually occurs around day 40 which is spot on for when our bundles of white fluff were sighted.
While they are in the early stages of learning to fly, employees around the power station keep a special eye out for the juveniles that may come to ground or rest on structures around the station as they recover for the next burst of flight.
Monday 24 November, 2014
At this age the solid white coat of down the chicks have been sporting since hatching has clearly been replaced with juvenile plumage. They are growing up so fast!
Tuesday 11 November, 2014
Here at Alcoa Anglesea our Peregrine falcons have assumed human identities with official names bestowed upon them all. Our adult female ‘Ava’ is a derivative of avis of latin origin meaning 'bird'. Our new adult male has been named ‘Pozières’.
Today is Remembrance Day and this year is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. The choice for this name is in honour of a battle in which the Australian Imperial Force played a role. Please note that we chose a name that we thought was suitable as a male name NOT because this battle was seen as more important than others.
Pozières – for the Battle of Pozières - 23 July – 7 August 2016
The Battle of Pozières was a two-week struggle for the French village of Pozières and the ridge on which it stands, during the middle stages of the 1916 Battle of the Somme. Though British divisions were involved in most phases of the fighting, Pozières is primarily remembered as an Australian battle. The fighting ended with the Allied forces in possession of the plateau north and east of the village, in a position to menace the German bastion of Thiepval from the rear. The cost had been enormous for both sides and in the words of Australian official historian Charles Bean, the Pozières ridge "is more densely sown with Australian sacrifice than any other place on earth." The Australian flag flies over Pozières in recognition of the sacrifice of the ANZACs in the Battle of Pozières.
Monday 10 November, 2014
Our two chicks are growing up fast and beginning to move around the bunker ledge. More often than not, they are no longer visible from the peep hole on the 6th floor above. However, today these cuties were clearly visible as they peeked over the bunker edge from the 4th floor below!
Monday 03 November, 2014
Today it was confirmed that we have a new male Peregrine Falcon at Alcoa Anglesea.
Our last confirmed sighting of Havoc was in 2012. In 2013 the male was elusive and we were unable to confirm his identity. This ‘elusive’ behaviour raised the suspicion that we had a new young male at our site. Havoc will be missed from his roosting spot on the water tower and 7th floor beam where he would spend his days watching over Sheila, and most recently Ava. Havoc was born and banded at Point Addis in 2003.
Monday 27 October, 2014
Welcome back! We are pleased to report that the 2014 Peregrine falcon breeding season at Alcoa Anglesea is well underway.
Ava has once again elected to return to the coal bunker ledge, her preferred nesting location since 2010. We have been keeping an eye on the bunker ledge however Ava had managed to position herself out of view. That is until now ....
Finally today we find Ava feeding two bundles of white fluff tucked in against the vertical u-beam. Yey! Fingers crossed for these two little guys.
Alcoa Anglesea has been home to a pair of Peregrine Falcons since 1991. In 2003, a new pair adopted the power station as a nest site. After two failed nesting attempts on the station itself, environmental staff installed a nest box for the pair on the site's water tower in 2004. From 2006, a live webcam broadcast images from the nest box across the world.
Unfortunately, due to continuing aggression from the pair towards employees, the nest box was relocated in 2010 from the water tower to stand-alone locations. Since then, Ava and Havoc have chose not to use the nest box, instead nesting on the power station where all attempts have failed.
The most serious threats facing Peregrines in Victoria are illegal persecution and the continuing loss and disturbance of suitable nest sites. Only 3% of Peregrine nests found in Victoria are on man made structures, so Alcoa Anglesea presents a unique opportunity to provide a site for this pair of Peregrine Falcons.
Alcoa has an ongoing interest and involvement with Peregrine Falcons in Victoria, with both the Anglesea and Point Henry sites working alongside the Victorian Peregrine Project (VPP) to assist
with research and conservation of the species. This work is part of the environmental management work underway at each Alcoa site to reduce our environmental footprint and promote conservation.