Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Kestrelmania 2015 - Part 1

As it's a rather dull time for East Village hawk-watching (although I did see Christo and Dora being chased around E 4th Street tonight by two kestrels), I thought I'd catch up on all the kestrel photos I've taken this summer. 

In June, I was able to spend a lot of time with one particular kestrel family on lower Orchard Street and they were fascinating to observe.  For eight days, I embedded myself with them and was able to witness their story from beginning to end.

First, some introductions.

Meet Papa Kestrel:

Papa kestrel

Papa kestrel

Mama Kestrel:

Mama kestrel

Mama kestrel

Together on their favorite aerial (he's on the right, she's on the left):

Kestrels

Kestrels

This nearby construction tower proved to be the perfect platform for their exhibitionism.

Mating kestrels

Mating kestrels

Mating kestrels

Stay tuned for Part 2 and meet the fruit of their frisky labor...