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Eastern Screech Owl release, Central Park, New York city, 18 July 2009

Posted in ALL BLOG POSTS, birds & birding by adamwelz on July 19, 2009

Hi All

had a fantastic time in Central Park on Saturday with a gang of New York city raptorphiles releasing 5 pint-sized Eastern Screech Owl into the park. They had been rehabilitated by Bobby and Cathy Horvath. Here are some photographs:

Cathy Horvath with one of the young grey-phase birds before release:

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Two more grey-phase ESOs. Note Bobby Horvath’s slightly munched hand on left — they may be small, but they have teeth sharp beaks and claws:

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Me and ‘my’ owl — the one the Horvaths gave me to release. Cathy on bottom left of frame. It didn’t seem to want to fly off in any hurry and sat on my hand for quite a number of minutes while everyone took pics:

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Because the bird did not want to fly, I decided to put it on branch, from which it immediately flew:

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Here it is a coupla minutes later near-silhouetted in a bush next to the path. I really like its unevenly-sized pupils!

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Here’s a pic of the rufous-phase adult that Bruce Yolton released with a green tinge all over everything — the light really is green under that summer deciduous canopy in North America…

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…and another of the same bird a little later:

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What a great thing to do on a Saturday afternoon! You can see more pics of the release at

http://yojimbot.blogspot.com/2009/07/if-you-love-it-let-it-go-part-2-screech.html

and

http://urbanhawks.blogs.com/urban_hawks/2009/07/eastern-screechowl-release.html#more

and

http://www.fotoportmann.com/blog/2009/07/20/eastern-screech-owls-release-central-park/

Cheers

A

Jim Boorstein flag experiment, Blue Mountain Center, 29 June 2009

Posted in ALL BLOG POSTS, nature & environment, random bits by adamwelz on July 10, 2009

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Up on the old fairways, Blue Mountain Center, upstate New York, 29 June 2009. The insects didn’t quite stay away.