NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Three baby peregrine falcons are now nestled high on top of the smokestacks at Duke Energy’s Gallagher Station in New Albany.
The birds are only about 3-weeks-old, and Wednesday workers with the Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife brought them down to tag their legs for tracking purposes.
In the 1990’s, a nesting box was built at Gallagher Station for the birds to use. It was part of an effort to build up the falcon population. At one point, peregrine falcons were extinct east of the Mississippi River.
The babies are born with a white down feather appearance that they’ll retain until early June. The falcon will then start to look like an adult, and learn to fly and hunt.
Peregrine falcons are one of the fastest creatures on Earth. They’ve been clocked at more than 200 mph as they dive for prey. They prefer habitats with tall cliffs that give them a good view of their surroundings. That’s why the smokestacks are a perfect spot for the nest.