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Born To Be Wild – Kestrel Release in Providence

Today I photographed the successful release of an adult male kestrel that was rehabilitated by the Born To Be Wild Nature Center. The nonprofit — dedicated to helping injured and orphaned wildlife — is run by Vivian and John Maxson in Bradford, RI. Follow them on Facebook for great pictures and stories about the raptors in their care.

The urban location in Providence was chosen because it is where the kestrel was found injured in December. He likely hit a window or something else while chasing prey — luckily his injuries were not severe.

Below you can see the adorable little predator was now strong and eager to be free from captivity. Upon release he flew up to a wire and then to a branch, looking confident and calling to any other kestrels that might be nearby. As he flew out of sight we wished him luck for a long and healthy life.

© 2013 Peter Green. All rights reserved.
© 2013 Peter Green. All rights reserved.
© 2013 Peter Green. All rights reserved.
© 2013 Peter Green. All rights reserved.
© 2013 Peter Green. All rights reserved.
© 2013 Peter Green. All rights reserved.
© 2013 Peter Green. All rights reserved.
© 2013 Peter Green. All rights reserved.
© 2013 Peter Green. All rights reserved.
© 2013 Peter Green. All rights reserved.
© 2013 Peter Green. All rights reserved.
© 2013 Peter Green. All rights reserved.

Thank you to The Maxsons for their great work and the invitation to join them today. Follow Born To Be Wild Nature Center on Facebook!

You can play a role in the survival of a sick, injured or orphaned wild animal. While it might not sound yummy to humans, frozen mice and rats are the natural diet (and the perfect get well food) for wildlife. 100% of your gift goes directly to Born To Be Wild Nature Center and will be used to purchase food: http://www.laynelabs.com/wildlife-centers/born-to-be-wild-nature-center It’s a direct effective way to make a difference, and wildlife everywhere thanks you!

© 2013 Peter Green. All rights reserved.

9 Comments

  1. Vivian Maxson
    Posted 01.09.13 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    One of our favorite releases ever! And in such an urban setting to boot! This falcon definitely knew he was home. You could just see his confidence and delight in returning to Providence. Thank you Peter Green for capturing the moment as only you could have done! The pic of him looking directly at you is classic.

  2. Lucia Palmer
    Posted 01.09.13 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Fabulous pictures . He is a gem! Thank you for doing this . Lucia Palmer tiverton

  3. Anna LeBlanc
    Posted 01.09.13 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful strory and photos Peter.A big thank you to the Maxsons for the great work that they do!

  4. Debbie Fletcher
    Posted 01.10.13 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Those pictures are priceless! Nice job with the rehab and release Maxsons :) I love the pic of the kestrel looking directly into the lens, too~

    • Peter Green
      Posted 01.13.13 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

      Thank you all for the comments, I appreciate it

  5. Deb Puerini
    Posted 01.11.13 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Peter what beautiful pics as always! So glad this beautiful little bird was saved, rehabbed and set free, bless you all. The world is a lovelier place for tre humans like you!

    • Peter Green
      Posted 01.13.13 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Deb, I hope you’re doing great.

  6. Posted 01.15.13 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    What a fantastic way to end this day (Jan.15) by finding this site and reading and seeing such a moving, compassionate and happy event! Thank you for helping injured raptors, God Bless you always in this important ministry. I’m an Episcopal priest and I mention this only to highlight that we ALL have ministries: you don’t have to wear a funny-looking collar or be inside a church!

  7. Graham Batting
    Posted 02.15.13 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Love these!!! I think kestrels are my favorite!!!

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