Saturday, May 30, 2009

Almost Fledging (Part 1)

The three main groups of nesting raptors in NYC are all about 1-2 weeks away from leaving their nests. Some early birds have already gotten started (Im looking at you Inwood).
These kestrels across from Zabar's have at least two young that are on the cusp. Here's the soggy male flying out, with a nestling pigeon after meeting up with the female.

Flying into the scrape with prey as nestling calls!

The female near the scrape.

After the transfer, they both flew out and then copulated on a nearby antenna.

More evidence that urban kestrels will most likely double clutch when they can!

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