It turned into a photography day.
This is why:
|Red-Tailed Hawks in Flight. Photo © C. Werther, 2017|
Today, Raptor Recovery at Fontenelle Forest here in Nebraska released four Red-Tailed hawks. Two are in the photo above. They did not fly very high at first- note the tiny bit of the red-orange glove of the volunteer in the very bottom of the photo! But what a beautiful sight it was as they took off.
An awful lot of work goes on behind the scenes to make moments like this happen. There are a bunch of dedicated people who work very hard to get as many of these birds back into the wild as possible. I waded in a couple of months ago, and am volunteering, so I can now see just how much work is involved. Everyone's contribution is important, and the whole system, from the volunteer network of transporters, to the people who clean the cages, to those provide veterinary care, to those who try to teach others about the birds, leaves me in awe of what a group of people can do when they work together.
A bit later, clouds moved in, and photography was a bit easier. This beautiful hawk has found a branch with a view of the field below.
|Red-Tailed Hawk. Photo © Camille Werther 2017.|
I like a happy ending. In rescue work, this ending is not a guarantee. But it is very sweet when it does happen.