Jan 11 2011

Gulf Tower Highlights, 2010

Published by at 7:22 am under Peregrines

At long last I've created a slideshow of the best peregrine photos from the Gulf Tower's 2010 nesting season.

It was a big year.  On March 20 Tasha, the long-standing female at Gulf, lost her nest to Dori even though she'd already laid two eggs in it.  On April 2 Dori began laying her own eggs next to Tasha's and by April 7 the nest held five eggs from two mothers.  All five nestlings fledged and only one, Blue Girl, is known to have died.  Quite a successful year for all that drama!

I tried to pack everything into the slideshow but it was hard.  The picture above didn't make the cut, but you'll like it.  It shows Dori and Louie getting to know each other.   Louie had just brought Dori (at left) a huge, tasty meal which is now bulging in her crop (notice her throat!).  Now that she's been fed they're bowing to cement their pair bond.  Behind Louie you can almost see Tasha's two eggs waiting to be joined by Dori's three.

Click on their picture to watch the slideshow.

Special thanks to everyone who sent me images from the webcam last spring and to Jim Altier and Sharon Leadbitter for contributing their photos.

(photos in the slideshow are from the National Aviary Gulf Tower webcam, Jim Altier and Sharon Leadbitter)

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5 Responses to “Gulf Tower Highlights, 2010”

  1. Anne Marieon 11 Jan 2011 at 8:01 am

    Kate — these are great photos! and I don’t remember most of them, so what a wonderful treat this morning.
    Who cares if there is going to be 6 inches of snow today… it won’t be long now until we can start watching the peregrines again. yay!

  2. Donnaon 11 Jan 2011 at 8:06 am

    Kate, Thanks for all the great memories and reminding us why we love these amazing falcons!

  3. Marianneon 11 Jan 2011 at 11:23 am

    Thank you all for the great slide show! It brings back many memories, some bittersweet.

    The live cameras are so cool to enable us to watch the lives of breeding Peregrines. Amazing!

    I am so looking forward to the 2011 nesting season. 🙂

  4. kathyon 11 Jan 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Thank you for the slide show, like Marianne said..some bittersweet memories. From watching and listening to Tasha’s cries that night to seeing Louie’s insistence and persistance in preserving his eggs with her despite a new female taking over to seeing all 5 eggs miraculously hatch and knowing that Tasha had given us one last gift..well two really 🙂

    I still hope that the female that was reported at Dori’s old location turns out to be Tasha and that she is living and flying free, she sure deserves it for all the years she’s given her fans!

  5. Sam Webbon 13 Jan 2011 at 11:44 am

    I want to link your blog to our facebook page, the Friends of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Downtown and Business. We are going to run a “Interest Page’ on the Birds Downtown with some reading suggestions. I know this has been done before with other groups, but we’ve not done it.

    We never tire of bird watching downtown, even if its the pigeons.

    Sam Webb

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