Exactly a year on from the day the Central Western Daily reported that Diamond and Xavier the peregrine falcons had welcomed Izzy the chick to their fold, there is more good news for the pair.
The feathered family that calls the top of Orange's iconic water tower home have successfully hatched another baby.
The chick came from one of three eggs that were laid by Diamond on August 31. After an incubation period that lasted over a month, the chick was the only one to hatch successfully on October 8.
Sadly, a second egg had also appeared to contain a chick, but according to Charles Sturt University's adjunct lecturer in environmental management, Dr Cilla Kinross, who helps run the FalconCam Project, it had died after being unable to break through the shell.
"But we're quite happy with one chick, it's less stressful in a way for the parents because they have to feed up to ten feeds a day when they've got three or four chicks."
It's been some months since Izzy, the peregrine falcon born to Diamond and Xavier in October 2020, left home, but like the community did with him, people can vote on what to name the latest chick.
Dr Kinross has selected 15 Wiradjuri names for weather elements for people to choose from.
Voting closes at 5pm on Friday, October 22.
The link to the online poll can be accessed via the FalconCam Project's live BoxCam stream on YouTube.
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