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Leeds Photo Gallery

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2002 SEASON - SATELLITE TELEMETRY

July 20, 2002 -- CPF biologist Marcel Gahbauer (centre) stitches Horus' transmitter into place, assisted by Dwayne Struthers of the Leeds County Stewardship Council (right) and MNR Species at Risk biologist Leslie Hunt (left) who are holding Horus in place.    (Photo by Garnet Baker)

For more photos of Horus with his satellite transmitter, check out the Horus Photo Gallery; updates provided by his transmitter are on the Project Track-'em - Horus page.

2002 SEASON - RELEASE DAY

 

July 17, 2002 -- Each of the chicks received a final dose of medication on the morning of their release to protect them against a recurrence of trichomoniasis.  (Photo by Garnet Baker)

 

 

July 17, 2002 -- After letting the chicks settle down for a while, it was time for them to be released.  Marcel Gahbauer removed the front set of bars, while Dwayne Struthers climbed on the roof to pull out the inner bars.  (Photo by Garnet Baker)

 

 

July 17, 2002 -- Dwayne Struthers at the helm of "Headquarters", the boat used for coordinating the Falcon Watch and ferrying observers between the hack site and the Charleston dock.  (Photo by Garnet Baker)

 

 

July 17, 2002 -- A wide-angle view of the cliff upon which the hack box is perched, as viewed from "Camp C" on Little Deer Island.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)

 

2002 SEASON - AT THE HACK BOX

 

July 13, 2002 -- Several days prior to their release, the outer tail feathers of two of the three peregrines were bleached to allow each individual to be easily identified from a distance during the monitoring period.  Horus, in this photo, had the three outermost feathers on the right side of his tail bleached.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)

 

 

July 5, 2002 -- Now 35-38 days old, Horus, Talon, and Aedin are already looking much more like fully developed young peregrines.  (Photos by Garnet Baker)

 

 

 

June 27, 2002 -- Horus, the youngest of the three chicks at 27 days, vocalizes moments after being introduced to his new home, the Charleston Lake hack box.  (Photos by Marcel Gahbauer and Mark Nash)

 

 

June 27, 2002 -- At 30 days, Aedin (foreground) is the oldest of the three chicks; in the background stands Talon, who is just one day younger.  (Photos by Marcel Gahbauer and Mark Nash)

 

 

June 27, 2002 -- 29-day-old Talon stands in the hack box, where he and his two brothers will spent the next thirteen days until they are all old enough for release.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)

 

 

June 27, 2002 -- Dwayne Struthers, Leslie Hunt, and Pud Hunter lead the way to the hack box as Marcel Gahbauer carries the three chicks in a specially designed backpack.  (Photo by Mark Nash)

 

 

June 27, 2002 -- The chicks are delivered to the hack box.  Though it may not look like it in this photo, the box is perched on the edge of a cliff high above Charleston Lake.  (Photo by Mark Nash)

 

2002 SEASON - BANDING

 

 

June 27, 2002 -- Project sponsors hold the three chicks at the conclusion of the banding event at the Athens District High School.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)

 

 

 

June 27, 2002 -- Leslie Hunt, this year's Fledgling Watch Coordinator, holds Aedin at the end of the banding session.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)

 

 

June 27, 2002 -- Leslie Hunt hands Aedin to Gary Nielsen of the Leeds County Stewardship Council as the chicks are readied for transportation to the hack box.  (Photo by Mark Nash)

 

2001 SEASON - POST RELEASE

 

July 2001 -- Two of the peregrines pose cleverly right behind the sign indicating their presence.  (Photos by Bill Pratt)

 

 

July 2001 -- The webcam has been rotated to face the outer platform, and the peregrines are still frequently in view.  In this snapshot, Ruby is perched on the edge of the hack box only ~30 cm from the camera, while another peregrine is along the outer edge of the platform.  (Webcam snapshot by Garnet Baker)

 

July 2001 -- The peregrines appear to have selected a corner of the hack box as the runway of choice for takeoff.  (Photos by Bill Pratt)

 

 

July 2001 -- Athena perched on a favourite branch near the hack box.  (Photos by Bill Pratt)

July 2001 -- Charlie also enjoys perching on the same dead tree near the edge of the cliff.  (Photos by Bill Pratt)

 

July 2001 -- Webster perched in a living tree for a change.   (Photo by Bill Pratt)

 

 

July 2001 -- The whole gang gathered together at the hack box, basking in the early morning sunlight.  (Photo by Bill Pratt)

 

 

July 2001 -- Athena scratches an itch on her face in the early morning.  (Photo by Bill Pratt)

 

July 17, 2001 -- Athena rests after eating her fill.  (Photo by Garnet Baker)
 

July 17, 2001 -- Ruby and Charles fight over their breakfast of quail.  As usual, even though Charles put up a determined fight, Ruby managed to take more than her share(Photo by Garnet Baker)

 

July 17, 2001 -- Webster proves that peregrine falcons love to roost in trees, as he sits in his usual perch behind the spotting tent(Photo by Garnet Baker)
 

 

July 13, 2001 -- Charleston Lake's peregrines have become fond of perching in trees!  In this view from "Camp A" on the cliff, Webster is at left, and Athena at right.  (Photo by Garnet Baker)
 

July 13, 2001 -- The "peregrine tree" - a small dead tree near the hack box which has quickly become a favourite perch for all of the young peregrines, especially Athena and Webster, seen in this photo.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)

 

July 10, 2001 -- Webster on his fourth day of freedom, back on the platform of the hack box.   (Photos by Norris Lineweaver)   

2001 SEASON - RELEASE DAY

July 7, 2001 -- Garnet Baker removes the outside set of bars in preparation for releasing the peregrines from the box.   (Photo by Gary Nielsen)
 

July 7, 2001 -- Webster in his usual position on the rock, and Athena. The outside set of bars has been removed.   (Photo by Garnet Baker)

 

July 7, 2001 -- Gary Nielsen feeds the last meal as Dwayne Struthers gets ready to remove the last set of bars.   (Photo by Garnet Baker)
 

July 7, 2001 -- The dining tent is one of 4 used as observation posts.  The tents are for protection from insects and the weather.   (Photo by Garnet Baker)

 

July 7, 2001 -- Two birds sit on the landing platform.  The picture was taken looking through the camo netting covering the dining tent.   (Photo by Garnet Baker)

2001 SEASON - AT THE HACK BOX

July 4, 2001 -- Day 13 in the hack box.  You can see 2 chicks that appear to be almost fully feathered and ready to leave the box.  As usual the male is sitting on the rock.   (Photo by Garnet Baker)
 

 

 

July 4, 2001 -- Scott Fleming, a sponsor, who supplied all materials for the hack box, after taking a peek through the viewing door (note: the birds cannot see through this door, and are therefore undisturbed by people quietly viewing through this window).  (Photo by Garnet Baker)

 

June 27, 2001 -- Day 6 in the hack box. The chicks spend most of the time on the ledge, looking out over the lake.  (Photo by Garnet Baker)
 

 

June 23, 2001 -- He may be the smallest of the four chicks in the hack box, but the look on this little male's face makes it very clear that this bit of territory is his, and he won't stand for any interference.  (Photo by Garnet Baker)

June 23, 2001 -- Members of the Leeds Stewardship Council pose beside the hack box after erecting a sign above it warning any potential visitors to the site not to interfere with the birds.  Similar signs have been posted on the cliff below.  (Photo by Garnet Baker)
 

 

June 22, 2001 -- The family of four, minutes after their arrival in their new home.  (Photos by Garnet Baker and Marcel Gahbauer)    
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June 22, 2001 -- Pud Hunter of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources admires the hack box just before the chicks are placed inside.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)

2001 SEASON - BANDING

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June 22, 2001 -- New fathers:  Gary Nielsen (left) and Dwayne Struthers (right) of the Leeds County Stewardship Council.  (Photo by Garnet Baker)
June 22, 2001 -- The female chick glances over her shoulder to have a look at Gary Nielsen.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)
June 22, 2001 -- The four chicks together just after being banded.  From left to right, Pia Gamberg with the larger male, Clayton Fleming with the younger female, Chris Burns with the older female, and Dwayne Struthers with the smaller male.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)
June 22, 2001 -- A closeup of the smaller male chick.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)
 

June 22, 2001 -- A closeup of the older female, ahead of her step-siblings in development by several days.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)

 

June 22, 2001 -- Pia Gamberg holds the larger male chick, which is extending its left leg to show off its new leg band.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)
 

June 22, 2001 -- A proud sponsor!  Clayton Fleming from Rideau Home Hardware.  (Photo by Garnet Baker)

 

 

June 22, 2001 -- Another proud sponsor!  Sean Plant of Luanne Computer.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)

 

June 22, 2001 -- Yet another sponsor, Doug Bickerton, from the Friends of Charleston Lake Provincial Park, meets one of the peregrine chicks.  (Photo by Garnet Baker)

2001 SEASON - HACK BOX CONSTRUCTION

June 22, 2001 -- A view from inside the box, showing the elevated ledge which the birds will soon jump up to, the double layer of bars along the front to protect the birds from potential predators, and the naturally textured walls.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)
 

 

May 2001 -- The construction of the hack box, as the sides are being screwed into place.  Notice that the box has been built on top of a four-foot high support with the front overhanging the 130-foot high cliff.  The daily monitoring of the chicks will be done from an enclosed viewing area at the box.  (Photo by Leeds County Stewardship Council)
 

May 2001 -- The construction crew standing at the finished box.  Both the inside and the outside area are covered with masonry cement to look and feel like rock.  (Photo by Leeds County Stewardship Council)

 

May 2001 -- A view from Charleston Lake of the hack box atop Rubes Rock.  (Photo by Leeds County Stewardship Council)
 

April 2001 -- The cliff at Charleston Lake in Leeds County where the peregrine hack box will be installed in May.   (Photo by Leeds County Stewardship Council)

 


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