Saturday, September 20, 2008

Releases are the BEST!

I wasn't present for this one, but I know the feeling of letting a bird of prey free.
A true sense of accomplishment...our rehabbers work unbelievably hard to turn these battered birds back into fierce angels of the sky.

This female peregrine was found in downtown Cincinnati in mid-July, with a wing injury. This was one of the PEFA hatched on the PNC Bank building this year.

After a few months of tender loving care, free meals and rest, she was released back to the wide open sky above Cincinnati.


Is it me, or does that toe crossed over the others make her look nervous?


Off she goes, back where she belongs...

6 comments:

Dave said...

Yeah Raptor Inc.!!!

NCmountainwoman said...

It must be a magical moment to see such wonderful birds released to fly freely over the city. You captured the relase beautifully, giving us a feeling of being there.

KatDoc said...

AWESOME!

Mary said...

Her fingers were crossed.

What joy! My heart would be so full to witness...

nina said...

Yay for rehabbers...and peregrines!

Is it a rule to release them as close to where they'd been picked up?
It seems there would be better sites than downtown Cincinnati?

Susan Gets Native said...

Dave:
Yay, indeed! Sure feels good!

Carolyn:
If there's a raptor rehab near you, try to go watch a release. It feels like a little piece of Heaven.

Kathi:
Yes, that's the word for it.

Mary:
I wish I could have been there. Ditto what I said to Carolyn...go see one if you get the chance.

Nina:
The rule is to release them near where they were found. The bird is familiar with the area, which helps them reestablish themselves.
The only time we would release elsewhere is if we don't know where they came from (left at a vet's office with no info) or if they had been shot (bad situation we don't want the bird to get into again)