Summer’s End at Croton

Well, the catfish were jumping.  And a very lucky great blue heron caught one.  Another fish jumped out of the water just as this guy landed with his lunch.  He slammed the fish down on the concrete over and over.  I assume it was to render it motionless, er …  The fish looked alive for awhile.   The bird couldn’t get the fish down his throat and a kayaker scared it away.  Of course the heron took the fish.




Maybe it will go down this time

And this guy had its eye on the heron during the whole process.

Yes, there are really eagles here in August

This osprey owned the entrance to Croton Point Park.  Looks like a youngster to me.

Are you looking at me?

Wouldn’t be end of summer without catching a parakeet.  This makes number three at my house.  I have had the other two for over four years and they don’t ever want to be out in the wild again.  Sparrow Boy was quite comfortable flying with the sparrows.  Hopefully he will adjust to my flock.

Sparrow Boy a week before he became a house boy






Croton Point Park Red-tailed Hawk Family

Several months ago I promised a surprise post.  Life got in the way of working on the pictures and posting the news.

Our park pair produced two young this year.  The surprising part is that the young hatched and were raised right on the beach at Croton Point Park.  I am all for letting people know about the birds so the public can be educated about proper bird etiquette, but in this case there was way too much risk of someone climbing the tree to get a very close look at the hatchlings.   In spite of parasails getting caught in the tree almost every other day, the parents raised the two young.  They fledged just after Memorial Day and have entertained park staff and visitors ever since.

I posted earlier that photographers are able to walk right up to our pale male and he doesn’t flinch.  This saved his life after he ran into the side of one of the maintenance trucks a few weeks ago.  Park staff easily picked him up and he went to rehab for a week.  He returned to the skies above the park and seems to be fine.

Red-tailed hawk pair in February 2012 – yes, I was that close to them

Mom feeds the kids right over the beach at Croton Point Park

Dad shows the kids how to fly. The nest and eyases are right below him.

Fledglings playing talon tag above the old Bungalow Colony in the park.

One juvenile perched in the adult female’s tree. The bird is looking at its sibling over in a tree by the park office.

Juvenile number two in a tree right next to the park office watching me and its sibling.  Juvenile number one is in a dead tree right across the way.

Rochester Peregrine Falcon Landmarks

The Rochester photographers have been great about taking pictures of the various sites where the birds land.  Here are my pictures of Orion in some areas.  But first I want to show you one more of my personal favorites of Orion on the Telesco building.

Orion on the Telesco building to the west of Wilder.  This is a very good eating place for him.


Orion on Times Square Building at the base of the wings.  He is one tiny, mighty, flighty falcon.

Orion tucked into one of his favorite corners on Times Square. The nest box is below him.

Orion on the nest box main cam platform

Orion landing on the Old Changing Scenes Restaurant (OCSR) top floor. Notice the circular ledge above. That is the lower ledge of the restaurant level where he is apparently spending some of his nights.

Orion on the OCSR i beam – and Beauty hang out here, too

Orion on Wilder when I first arrived Friday at noon on Aug. 3, 2012







A Visit to Falcon Mecca, Rochester NY

After a few years of change with quite a lot of turmoil in the Rochester falcon world, there is one, adorable fledgling, Orion.  These are my first fab favs.

Orion really does fly – like an adult most of the time

To prepare for flight, he hops, jumps, runs, kaks and flaps – back and forth

Lift off!

“Told you I could do this”  (notice the very full crop)

Beauty still feeds him beak to beak even though he can eat on his own

Training time. Beauty tells Orion, “This is how you do it, dear.”

Orion says, “You mean like this?”

Dot.Ca, Orion’s father, brought in a pigeon to feed Orion, too.