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.
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:
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.
It's great to see these birds adapting and thriving in the city. They're beautifully tenacious little creatures.
See more kestrel photos on my Flickr page.
Kestrelmania 2015 - Part 4
Kestrelmania 2015 - Part 3
Kestrelmania 2015 - Part 2
Kestrelmania 2015 - Part 1