No doubt some of you will recall that I mentioned that my good friend Karen von Knobloch had permitted me to use her pictures from the falcon watch on my recent blog post.
This is Karen.
What a great friend and supporter she has been through the period when we have all conspired to do whatever was in our power to ensure the success of the four young Peregrine Falcons. She has probably logged more hours than anyone else, but not only that she has created an ongoing photographic record of all the events of their lives, and has shared the results of her creative prowess with everyone.
When I asked her if I might use her photographs on my blog she acquiesced without a moment's hesitation.
Now that the period of our our daily vigilance is drawing to a close, Karen has created this poster of the entire peregrine family which she is permitting me to share with all of you.
I cannot think of anything more fitting than to have this composite of the four healthy, strong youngsters with their devoted parents. No group of young Peregrine Falcons has been more ready to face the world and all the challenges it will bring. We all wish them favorable winds, good weather and an abundance of prey, and may they return to us when they are ready to breed themselves.
Thank you Karen for your kindness and salutary dedication. The first female next year, without a doubt, should be named Karen in your honour.