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Photo Journal: Proud parent

Five fluffy new peregrine falcons are watched over by a proud parent in their nest built high up on the veranda of the Ishikawa Prefectural Government building in the city of Kanazawa, on April 24, 2017. Peregrine falcons are designated by the prefectural and national governments as an endangered species, and are known to breed along the prefecture's Noto Peninsula and beaches of the Kaga region. Prefectural government officials confirmed the falcons' nest in 2005 and have helped them out by covering the area in sand. In 2014, three chicks were born, and this year, five eggs were discovered on March 22. The five chicks safely hatched on April 24, and will leave the nest after 30 to 40 days. More photos and a video of the birds can be found on the Ishikawa Prefecture official website here: (Photo courtesy of the Ishikawa Prefectural Government)

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