Watch Brussels’ peregrine falcon couples live as they brood
During the coming weeks those that wish to will be able to watch three pairs of peregrine falcons that are nesting at different locations in Brussels. You will be able to watch them brood and catch a first glimpse of their chick once they hatch.
The Falcon-watching project Falcons for Everyone has set up webcams next to the birds’ nests so that anyone, however far away they might be, can follow them online.
The Brussels peregrine falcon couples have been incubating their eggs for several weeks. Falcons for Everyone, an observation project initiated by the Brussels Natural Science Museum, is looking forward to the arrival of new peregrine falcon chicks.
Falcons for Everyone says, "Generally speaking things are going well for the peregrine falcon in Brussels, in Belgium and in Europe a whole" For the past 19 years the organisation has set up webcams to allow anyone that wishes to be able to follow the falcons’ progress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
This year the three pairs of peregrine falcons are being filmed. These are a couple that nested in the Cathedral of Saint Michael and Saint Gudula in the Brussels City Centre, a couple on that is nesting at the Francophone university ULB’s Solbosch Campus in the southeast of the city and a a couple that is nesting in the Church of Saint Job in the municipality of Ukkel.
The couple at the top of the north tower of Saint Michael and Saint Gudula Cathedral has only laid one egg. It is expect to hatch around Monday 10 April.
Four eggs have been laid in the nest in the belfry of the Church of Saint Job in Ukkel. These are expected to hatch very soon.
At the university campus five eggs have been laid. They are expected to hatch on 17 April. It remains to be seen whether the mother bird will be able to raise 5 chicks.
The falcons are being closely monitored by the ornithologists from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels. You can view the images yourself by clicking here.