Monday, September 14, 2015

Kestrelmania 2015 - Part 5

After spending so much time with kestrels on the Lower East Side, it was a pleasant surprise to find a family of them out on Governor's Island.  As it was late summer, I missed the child-rearing, but the parents and offspring (I'm not sure how many there were) stuck around after fledge time.

Kestrel

Kestrel

Kestrel

Kestrel

When ever I saw one of the Manhattan birds eating or feeding their chicks, the food was always baby birds or sparrows.  Each time I've seen a Governor's Island kestrel with food, it's been one of these:

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The kestrels would perch in a high spot, like a pole, then dive down and scoop the insects up from the grass.  This one takes a grasshopper to the top of a loudspeaker for lunch.

Kestrel with grasshopper

Kestrel with grasshopper

It's great to see these birds adapting and thriving in the city.  They're beautifully tenacious little creatures.

Kestrel

See more kestrel photos on my Flickr page.

Previously:
Kestrelmania 2015 - Part 4
Kestrelmania 2015 - Part 3
Kestrelmania 2015 - Part 2
Kestrelmania 2015 - Part 1