Famous falcons get new camera

Just when you thought spying on Red Deer’s most famous family was over. Red Deer River Naturalists set up a new web cam on Thursday so that people could watch the peregrine falcons from their nesting perch on top of the Telus tower in Highland Green.

Just when you thought spying on Red Deer’s most famous family was over.

Red Deer River Naturalists set up a new web cam on Thursday so that people could watch the peregrine falcons from their nesting perch on top of the Telus tower in Highland Green.

Group spokeswoman Judy Boyd said the remote web cam was installed at a nearby apartment building.

Viewers will be able to see the peregrine parents, Windsong and Perry, swoop to and from the tower, along with chicks Telli and Scout.

Boyd said she expects the falcons will be around for about another month before they fly south.

But, as she explained, people shouldn’t expect regular sightings of the falcons, as what happened during the egg-laying, hatching and post-hatching phases. Spectators will have to practise patience.

“They’ll be going back and forth so they’re not always there,” Boyd said.

No sound will be heard when one is looking online. Logistics made it tough to add sound, Boyd added.

As for the latest developments surrounding an absent member of the family, Nadira, Boyd said things are looking good for the chick.

“Nadira is eating and putting on a little bit of weight,” Boyd said.

Nadira was rescued from the chimney of a Highland Green after spending an estimated three days in the smoke stack. He’s now staying at the Medicine River Wildlife Centre. Boyd said it will be fostered on Monday to a new falcon family in Edmonton.

“It’s going to give him a better chance. It’s more secluded so he won’t get in as much trouble.”

To view the web cam, go online at bprda.wpengine.com or rdrn.fanweb.ca