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Falcon Cam

Wildlife biologist Glenn Stewart, director of the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group, is experiencing the joy of parenthood. The parents, Clara and Fernando El Cohete (the Rocket), are the pair of peregrine falcons who live atop San Jose City Hall. On Monday three eggs hatched. The video above was taken that afternoon.

"I never get tired of these bird, Stewart told the San Jose Mercury News. "Extraordinary animals, fastest on the planet, eating birds they catch in the air."

Stewart has been working with peregrines since they were nearly extinct . When he and his colleagues at UC Santa Cruz teamed with Cornell University in the mid-1970s, two pairs were known in California and there were none east of the Mississippi River. Now there are too many to count.

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