Falcon with a transmitter sets off on a journey

The route that peregrine falcon 5DC took on August 22nd

Up until now, peregrine falcons from Skawina have been visiting their platform more or less regularly. From the data collected by the transmitter attached to one of them, it was known that the birds fly near the Vistula River. There, they most likely forage in open areas, but they return to the nest every few days.

"On August 22, peregrine falcon 5DC left the Skawina nest. After 49 days since being placed in the nest and 40 days since the cage was opened, the bird with the GPS transmitter left its safe habitat. In the last few days, it spent more and more time outside the power plant, and the readings in the fields along the Vistula River suggested that it had started hunting there. It seemed like the bird was becoming more independent. As if to confirm this, on that Sunday, it decided to leave its native territory and wandered into the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship. Apparently, the chimneys of the power plant in Połaniec appealed to it, as it chose to stop and spend the night there. Currently, it's on the move again," reports Krzysztof Haja, a volunteer from MTO and one of the project coordinator for the peregrine falcon reintroduction in the Skawina power plant.

The moment of becoming independent is one of the most challenging stages in the life of any creature, including peregrine falcons. So far, the falcons in Skawina have been regularly fed. By attempting a long journey, peregrine falcon 5DC will have to rely solely on its hunting instinct. We hope it succeeds!

JW

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