Jun 17 2011

The View From Above

Published by at 7:55 am under Peregrines

Even though she works in the U.S. Steel Building, Sharon Leadbitter cannot see the Gulf Tower peregrines during the nesting season — not even on the web.  But after the young peregrines fledge, they fly and perch outside her window. 

Here are some of Sharon’s pictures and videos of the Gulf Tower juveniles since June 8.  What a great view she has from above!

From a distance, Sharon can see the young peregrines perched on the Koppers Building roof edge.

Sometimes they sleep there. You can tell this one is young because it likes to sleep on its belly.

Food! A young peregrines shows her excitement over a food delivery to her favorite perch.

She hunches over her meal…

…but the excitement attracted her sibling and he wants to share it.

Hey! That was my dinner!

They’re distracted.

Two young peregrines perch near a window. Who’s in there?

And they find new napping zones.

Graduation! This juvenile is skilled enough to use Mom & Dad’s perch.

Don’t miss Sharon’s videos:  Click here for her video of a juvenile exercising its wings and here for soaring.

(photos and videos by Sharon Leadbitter)
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13 responses so far

13 Responses to “The View From Above”

  1. Jennieon 17 Jun 2011 at 8:31 am

    Wonderful photos and videos, and I love the captions. Thanks, Sharon and Kate for making my spirit soar this morning.

  2. Kathyon 17 Jun 2011 at 9:17 am

    WOW! what gorgeous soaring action. They are just simply incredible aren’t they?! Thanks Kate for the article and Sharon for the great pictures and video!

  3. Jan Christensenon 17 Jun 2011 at 9:22 am

    Fantastic photos….thanks for sharing.

  4. faith cornellon 17 Jun 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Thank you thank you!!! Today I am 75; what a great gift. I give thanks that I am healthy to enjoy all these things I see on here.

  5. Anne Marieon 17 Jun 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing. I’m missing these guys! And I’m not finding the COL juvies either!

  6. Dianeon 17 Jun 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I wish you a very happy birthday, Faith. With many more to follow!

  7. Anne Marieon 17 Jun 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Happy Birthday Faith!

  8. Jennieon 17 Jun 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Happy Birthday, Faith! I always look forward to your comments.

  9. Kate St. Johnon 18 Jun 2011 at 8:01 am

    Happy Birthday, Faith!

  10. Ellieon 18 Jun 2011 at 9:06 am

    These are really great phots and video. I feel like I am flying when I watch it. And your choice of music is perfect.

  11. Ellieon 18 Jun 2011 at 9:09 am

    Happy Birthday Faith….I’m not far behind you. I too marvel at the info we have available to us now……sure beats those old “Polaroid” shots, (which we thought were pretty special at the time).

  12. Marjorie Van Tasselon 18 Jun 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Wow–that was sooo much fun. Thank you Kate and Sharon!

  13. Tracion 20 Jun 2011 at 8:30 am

    I was downtown with my son for LegoFest and much to his annoyance , when we took a break to get dinner, I stopped on Penn, and looked up at the Gulf Tower. To my delight, I saw one adult and two juveniles playing chase. My son was thrilled and then ready to move on…not me!!

    I must have been a sight – standing there, in the middle of the sidewalk, with my head tilted back, staring up at what initially would appear to be nothing with a six year old saying, “Mom, common!!”

    I didn’t have binoculars, but it was amazing. Soon, I had a small crowd surrounding me and we were all watching them. I was unable to attend Fledge Watch this year – so this was amazing for me.

    Thanks for the pictures!! They are amazing!!

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