Feeding time on Orchard Street.
Raising four kids in the city is tough. Just watching the Orchard Street kestrel parents tending their brood wore me out.
The process started with Mama K taking a long dive from the top of a 15-story construction tower (the same used for sexy time). The blob to the left of the tower is her, dropping straight down.
What's that in her beak?
It's a baby bird.
Just as she reached the five-story mark, and looked like she was going to smack into me, she made a sharp 90-degree turn and zipped up to the nest cavity and delivered lunch to her hungry kids.
Then stuck her tongue out at the camera.
I watched her do this diving sequence several times, which was absolutely spectacular.
Here she is taking another dive, this time without food.
And, again, with Papa K watching on the left.
I never saw the male kestrel dive off the tower. I wasn't there 24/7 to be sure, but this seemed to be a talent possessed by the female. And, to me, it looked like she was enjoying herself.
More to come...
Kestrelmania 2015 - Part 2
Kestrelmania 2015 - Part 1