In working on content for our new website, we found some release photos and video that I just had to share. No birds were injured in these releases - these are birds that were fully recovered from their injuries and ready for release but simply did unexpected things during their releases. I can only say that these images captured some of the funniest release moments we've had so far at Flint Creek Wildlife.
Red-tailed Hawk - we called him Spider Man while he was in the flight chamber:
Scarlet Tanager that flipped upside down (voluntarily) as he left my hand then righted himself mid-air and flew off:
Summer Tanager - I love the look before it flies away:
American Kestrel that was so focused on me he didn't realize he could be free - these images are sequential:
This post originally was written by Dawn Keller, Founder and Director of Flint Creek Wildlife, for North American Birding http://www.nabirding.com.