Providence Raptors by Peter Green
Shortly after moving to Providence in 2006, I pointed binoculars at a pigeon perched high on the “Superman Building” and immediately saw it was not a pigeon – it was something eating a pigeon! I looked online, identified it as a peregrine falcon and learned how wildlife officials had installed a nest box on the building to encourage the recovery of this once endangered species. From then on, whenever possible, I eagerly watched the falcons from my window.
I soon began to notice pigeon carcasses downtown with all of their feathers pulled out, and suspected the falcons must be hunting here, so I made sure to always have my camera with me. One day as it started to snow, I finally saw a large raptor standing on the ground in the park next to the bus station. I quickly got down in the dirt and took some of the best pictures of my life. I couldn’t believe this wild animal was right here downtown in the city. And, to my surprise, it was not a peregrine falcon – it was a red-tailed hawk.
After that experience, I was hooked on photographing birds, especially urban raptors. I enjoy going on missions to find and photograph elusive owls and rumored leucistic hawks, and I was especially excited when a young kestrel landed outside my window to have his portrait taken. Thanks to my photography, I’ve met wonderful people at the Audubon Society of RI and someday hope to train as a licensed raptor rehabilitator. My favorite day of the year is when I join wildlife officials as they band the peregrine falcon eyases – it’s the only occasion I get close to the falcons that I can usually only admire from a distance.
I’ve been honored to have my photography featured on the American Kestrel Partnership website, published in The Providence Journal and exhibited in the Washington DC office of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI).
I’m proud to work with these amazing local organizations:
Awards and Featured Work
· 2015: WINNER – Audubon Society of Rhode Island photography contest: “Space Invaders” aka Newborn Praying Mantises
· 2014: WINNER – The Peregrine Fund – Birds of Prey calendar contest
· Audubon Society of Rhode Island Report – cover photos 2014 and 2010
· 2013: American Kestrel Partnership – online gallery featured artist – kestrel.peregrinefund.org
· 2012: The Peregrine Fund – Annual Report
Select Exhibits and Presentations
· “Reel Connections: Providence Raptors” – Providence Children’s Film Festival – February 2017
· “Artists for the Bay” group exhibit – Save The Bay, Providence RI – December 2016
· “Raptors at Risk” group exhibit – World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, ID – November 2016
· “Providence Raptors” – ASRI EEC, Bristol RI and Raptor Weekend presentation – September & October 2016
· “Artists for the Bay” group exhibit – Save The Bay, Providence RI – December 2015
· “Providence Raptors” – ASRI EEC, Bristol RI and Raptor Weekend presentation – September/October 2015
· “Providence Raptors” presentation – Wild Night to benefit the Wildlife Clinic of Rhode Island, Narragansett RI – March 2015
· “Artists for the Bay” group exhibit – Save The Bay, Providence RI – December 2014
· “Providence Raptors” – ASRI EEC, Bristol RI and Raptor Weekend presentation – September/October 2014
· “Providence Raptors” – ASRI EEC, Bristol RI – September/October 2013
· “Our Urban Wildlife” group exhibit – University of RI, Providence RI – April 2013
· “Providence Raptors” window display – 65 Eddy St, Providence RI – April 2011
· Group exhibit – Office of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Washington DC – 2011
· “Providence Raptors” – Audubon Society of RI Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI – September/October 2010
· “Downcity Hawk” – Cathedral of Saint John, Providence RI – September 2009
· “Downcity Hawk” – Peerless Lofts Atrium, Providence RI – September 2008