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Twitchers buzzing about nest cam chicks at Mount Stewart

By Nevin Farrell

Published 08/06/2015

A newly-hatched chick is filmed on the buzzard cam alongside eggs in the nest in Mount Stewart
A newly-hatched chick is filmed on the buzzard cam alongside eggs in the nest in Mount Stewart
An adult buzzard

It's cute and cuddly as a chick - but its parents are some of the most deadly birds in our skies.

The newborn buzzard is filmed in a nest in Mount Stewart in Co Down - and the public can now view progress through a 'buzzard cam' in the nest.

This nest has an incredible six eggs -far more than average - while a second nest fitted with a camera has the average clutch of three. The cameras were launched on Saturday by the Northern Ireland Raptor Study Group at the National Trust property on the Ards Peninsula.

Teams of volunteers have been monitoring all the giant buzzards, which have enjoyed a steady rise in their population across Northern Ireland. Footage from the buzzard cam is being relayed to TV screens at Mount Stewart, where visitors can watch the progress of the nest over the summer.

To view the the live buzzard cam, go to http://www.nirsg.com/buzzard-cam-2015/

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