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 Winnipeg-based birds in their nesting box on the roof of the city's Radisson Hotel. The birds, Princess and Ivy, are incubating four eggs which are expected to hatch later this month.
A second camera is being brought online soon, where viewers can also watch another pair of peregines — Hurricane and Brooklyn — in Brandon, Man. They too have four eggs. And, for the first time, the Winnipeg camera also includes audio.
Various pairs of peregrine falcons have been nesting on the Winnipeg hotel ledge since 1989. Peregrine pairs have nested in Brandon since the early 1990s.
The Peregrine Falcon Cam has been popular among online viewers. In 2009, the nesting birds drew more than 2 million views.
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.
In Canada and the United States, it is illegal to kill peregrines or disrupt their nests.