With all of the observation and study that I've been participating in, it was great to have an opportunity to get up close and personal with my favorite raptor. Thanks to Bobby Horvath, I was given this chance when I was contacted by him to participate in releasing another dozen fledglings that had been rehabbed under his care. The first dozen were let go in Central Park, so we decided to mix it up a bit and release these guys into Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. And although the weather wasn't the best, it was an amazing and successful event that I will not forget. Here are some pix and vids of the morning!
The Posse queuing up for action.
Some of the releasees. An interesting note is the high proportion of females to males this year. I wonder if the cool and rainy Spring had anything to do with it.
Here Bobby prepares a young male for banding, while Francois gets down to business.
With the Horvath's, its a family affair!
While there, I noticed a group of Park Rangers. Someone had apparently tried (and failed) to sacrifice a chicken and they were trying to capture it. Bobby caught the bird and a ranger came over to release one of the kestrels.