Three of the four eggs have hatched so far.
Oh to be as majestic as a peregrine falcon, perched upon a high-rise rooftop. While we’re doing lockdown at home in our trackies and knotted hair, the Collins peregrine falcons are doing a comfortable lockdown on top of the world. It’s no wonder they look so lordly. Ever since a camera was installed on the top of 367 Collins Street five years ago, bird lovers everywhere have watched the peregrine pair lay and hatch their eggs. Last year, the chicks hatching proved to be thrilling lockdown content. And this year is shaping up to be no different. Earlier today, the eggs started hatching, and hearts all over Melbourne have started melting.
Peregrine Falcons on 367 Collins
Ever since 1991, a pair of peregrine falcons have made the rooftop of 367 Collins Street their nesting home. As birds of prey, these falcons are territorial, so this is the only nesting site in Melbourne’s CBD.
This pair of birds is watched over carefully by a group of volunteers from the Victorian Peregrine Project, in conjunction with BirdLife Australia. These citizen scientists conduct field research and raise awareness to help with conservation efforts. Only last year, one of the volunteers travelled all the way from Mildura to install new nesting boxes for the birds.
This year, the pair of falcons have laid four eggs in the nest. Three of them hatched earlier today. Peregrine falcons mate for life, and they only breed once a year. They lay their eggs around the end of winter or the start of spring and their chicks hatch roughly a month later.
If you’re looking for something to watch this lockdown, you can watch the live stream of the birds on YouTube. For the next few days, the camera will be zoomed in, so that we can watch the final egg hatch in the coming days. The camera will remain zoomed in, so that eager bird-watchers can see the chicks feed.
Meanwhile, if you’re particularly invested in their lives, you can also join the Facebook group, 367 Collins Falcon Watchers, for some spirited discussion.