Mesmerised by Snow

Yesterday, after our first snowfall, I popped down to check on our peregrines to see how they were reacting to it.  Dad was sitting on his usual high perch, then flew down onto the South pinnacle where he sat in the sun looking down into the balcony.  He seemed completely fascinated, transfixed by whatever he saw there.  I assume he was looking at snow – there wasn’t any visible up there from the ground, but the balcony wouldn’t have had any direct sunlight to melt it.

Several minutes later, mum flew in and landed on the pinnacle immediately below him, so I briefly had both of them in view in my binoculars before he flew down into the NW turret.

I stayed for a few minutes to see what he was doing, but he didn’t reappear, and there was no sign of feathers flying out, so it didn’t seem as though he was plucking anything.  He could’ve been investigating snow in there, or perhaps he was just getting out of the cold for a while…

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