A pair of famous Winnipeg falcons hatched their first chick Thursday morning.
Princess and Ivy are peregrine falcons nesting atop Winnipeg’s Radisson hotel. The pair are the subject of this year’s live Falcon Cam, a collaboration between CBC and the Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project.
Thursday morning, one of the pair’s four eggs hatched before dawn. The trio all ate before one of the falcons resumed incubating the eggs and chick.
Various pairs of peregrines have been nesting on the Radisson since 1989 and since 2006 live-streaming cameras have been set up near the nesting box so Manitobans and people from around the world can watch the chicks hatch and grow.
There is another live-stream set up on Brandon’s McKenzie Seeds building, where two falcons are also incubating eggs.
Princess and Ivy’s eggs have been incubating for 35 days, and the full incubation period for falcon eggs is 30-35 days.
In the next 10 days the pair will have to protect their chick and any others that hatch from the elements. The number one risk to chicks in the first 10 days of life is getting wet and cold.
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.