Thursday, September 10, 2015

Kestrelmania 2015 - Part 3

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.

Mama kesterl dives with a baby bird in her beak

Getting closer...

Mama kesterl dives with a baby bird in her beak

What's that in her beak?

Mama kesterl dives with a baby bird in her beak

It's a baby bird.

Mama kestrel with a baby bird (food) in her mouth

Mama kestrel with a baby bird (food) in her mouth

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.

Mama kestrel delivers a baby bird to her own babies

Then stuck her tongue out at the camera.

Mama kestrel sticks her tongue out

I watched her do this diving sequence several times, which was absolutely spectacular.

Here she is taking another dive, this time without food.

Diving kestrel

And, again, with Papa K watching on the left.

Diving kestrel

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.

Mama kestrel

More to come...

Previously:
Kestrelmania 2015 - Part 2
Kestrelmania 2015 - Part 1