The falcons are back and the cameras are live in Winnipeg and Brandon.

CBC is once again teaming with the Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project to offer a bird's eye view of Manitoba's famous nesting peregrine falcons.

The popular Falcon Cam went live online Tuesday, offering continuous views of two pairs of nesting peregrines.

  • Princess and Ivy are incubating four eggs on the roof of the Radisson Hotel in downtown Winnipeg.
  • Brooklyn and Hurricane are keeping watch on three eggs atop the McKenzie Seeds building in Brandon.

Various pairs of peregrines have been nesting on the Radisson since 1989 and since 2006, CBC Manitoba and the Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project (PFRP) have collaborated to provide a unique opportunity to observe them from live-streaming cameras set up near the nesting box.

The Brandon camera was added about two years ago but falcons have been nesting on the McKenzie Seeds building since 1993. Hurricane and Brooklyn are the sixth pair to nest there.

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Hurricane and Brooklyn's first three hatches squawk for food in Brandon in June 2012. (Submitted by Karihari)

Viewers can watch the falcons as the chicks hatch, are fed by the parents, are banded by PFRP members, and then take their first flights over the cities.

Often the events are tender, but there have also been tragic moments. In 2006, one of the chicks was killed when it collided with a building on its inaugural flight.

And in 2008, heavy June rains drowned three chicks before they had a chance to fly.

The peregrine falcon is considered the fastest creature on Earth, reaching speeds of more than 300 km/h in a dive, with nostrils so adept at breathing during its dives that scientists mimicked the function for use in fighter jets.