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Funniest Bird Releases

Posted on 8 March 2012 by Dawn Keller

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.

Enjoy!

Red-tailed Hawk - we called him Spider Man while he was in the flight chamber:

   
Red-tailed Hawk (Spider Man) Release photo copyright 2009 Phil Hampel

Scarlet Tanager that flipped upside down (voluntarily) as he left my hand then righted himself mid-air and flew off:

   
            Scarlet Tanager Release Photo copyright 2010 Phil Hampel

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:

   
American Kestrel Release copyright 2010

   
American Kestrel Release copyright 2010 Phil Hampel

   
American Kestrel Release copyright 2010 Phil Hampel

   
American Kestrel Release copyright 2010 Phil Hampel

   
American Kestrel Release copyright 2010 Phil Hampel

For more information about Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation visit our NEW website at http://www.flintcreekwildlife.org or our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/flintcreek

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This post originally was written by Dawn Keller, Founder and Director of Flint Creek Wildlife, for North American Birding http://www.nabirding.com

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