Egyptian Geese Story
Just a story about family members from Egyp and Tian in The Netherlands
We have in the Netherlands a Peregrine Falcon nestbox at a Power Plant in Zwolle since 2003.
There is an escaped Gyr Falcon who is chasing the Peregrines Falcons away.
Then Egyptian Geese (Nijlgans in Dutch)started visiting the box in 2004
In 2006 they had 16 eggs from 2 or 3 females at 10e of april.
The Gyr Falcon was seen on the cam to, even when there were eggs. He/she did not harm the eggs but I saw him/here playing "soccer" with them.
16e of may first pully was there and at the 18e 7 pullies.
They had to jump down 50 meters to go to their feeding grounds at a river, nearby. I have been told they can do that only one time at such young age. An adult geese did guide them in little groupes.
7 little ones jumped but only 6 did the walk to the river, so one was missing. The Gyr Falcon was hanging around though.
This are pictures going with this story:
The Power Plant at Zwolle
The last picture is from january this year, the Egyptian Geese are sleeping in the box now and then. About the whereabouts from the Gyr Falcon I do not know yet
For those who want to cheque these webcams in the Netherlands
Some are down but will be repared before the Peregrine Falcons breeding season start, I hope
In Harculo it is the nestbox of a Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus).
And in 2007, at Zwolle it will be again a surprise who is gonna raise chicks there
It is 24/7 and some have, I think IR light installed.