Despite the fact that so many hawks have died recently, there is still a steady supply of replacements to be found. Just where they come from remains a mystery, but what is sure is that fact that they will face an uncertain future. Despite the abundant food and open terrain, obstacles such as pollution, poison, and cars make their survival mostly a matter of luck. Some very experienced birds do seems to know how to navigate such dangers, but many of the new ones fail. One very experienced hawk is the female which claims the St. John the Divine nest. I caught up with her after taking a nest break whilst on St. Luke's Hospital.
Later at the Meer, I met up with one of her possible offspring.
Isolde's mate Norman, who was a replacement for Tristan who died in 2007, swung in and moved the youngster on in much the same fashion as the Peregrines.
Good luck to all the nesters in 2012!