Never a dull day

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at work, or at least so it seems. An excercise in regard to a break and entry case was performed and turned out slightly different from what was expected, but the most interesting thing happened around noon. As you may know, we've got Peregrine Falcons (Falco Peregrinus) on the site, and they've been breeding. Today, as I was on site, I suddenly noticed one of them, sitting on the ground near a parking lot. It made no real attempts to fly off but instead opted to hop around a bit. Even when I came closer - to a distance of about 2 meters - it didn't move a lot. As I could see that it still had a fair amount of fluffy nest feathers, I assumed it was one of the newly born birds on the block.

I called in to check if and what we should do about it, and after getting the right person on line, she said this "Oh, did he do it again? It's not the first time he comes flying down and then can't get up anymore. If you feel up to it, you could try catching him, put him in a box and take him up to the roof of *insert building*.

While I was definitely impressed by the size and looks of this magnificent animal from a 2 meter distance, I decided that I would not let a chance to touch and handle such a wonderful animal personally slip by. I agreed that we would at least make an attempt, and if it wouldn't work out, they would still be able to call in specialised personnel to catch him. I grabbed my pair of work gloves - I was warned that they've got a pretty sharp and powerful beak - while I send out my colleague to see if he could find an appropriate carton box. When he returned we moved towards the peregrine falcon and it hopped off between some containers. I directed my colleague to the other end, taking the box with him, and while the falcon was focussed on him, I moved around back and was able to gentle grab him.

Man, if it looked wonderful from a distance, being eye to eye with it was totally incredible. Slowly we lowered it into the box, and then proceeded to transport it to the roof of the building. We had to climb some alleys and stairs, so it was good that there were two of us. When we arrived at a good spot, we put down the box, I opened it up and picked up the bird again. While he wasn't too pleased with all the attention, he never made real attempts to bite or strike at me. I put him on my hand - even for a young peregrine falcon, he had some powerful claws - and then slowly put him on the roof. Mission accomplished and as we headed back inside, he kept following us, giving us the "don't mess with me" eye.

I called in to say that he was successfully caught and released again and the person on the other side of the line was very very pleased to hear it. We should keep an eye out for him though, because if he keeps kinda "falling down", it'll not end so good one of these days, and then another solution must be found.

All in all, everyone is happy I think. I'm happy because I had the opportunity to handle a peregrine falcon in person, the person responsable for them is happy because the animal was spotted, caught and released, and the falcon should be glad that he's in a more safe spot now. Unfortunately, there are no photographs of the animal or my interaction, because camera's are not allowed on site without explicit permission.

Who said that the job a security guard was boring and dull?

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That most certainly was not me !!!

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