Friday, January 23, 2009

Friday Photo Challenge #1: "A New Beginning" v.3.0 - Not As Obvious


"Beginning to Fly"
Raleigh, NC - January 2009 (Click to embiggen)

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This month's Friday Photo Challenge theme is "A New Beginning", and this female red tail hawk has just been given exactly that. She was found at an area riding stable grounded with a badly broken wing and taken to the Raptor Center in Charlotte, NC. After several weeks of treatment and several more weeks of rehab the couple that originally found her returned with her to the place they discovered her and released her back into the wild. About a dozen people were on hand to watch as she took her first flight outside the aviary in about three months. If you look very closely at her left leg you can see her stunning new ankle bracelet -- a federal ID band that can be used track her.
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12 comments:

kathleen dale said...

Of course Mojo you would know I LOVE this story. I'm going to put a blog post on my site for people to read this sweet survival story. I have tears reading it. Thanks for sharing. Photo is great too!

Mimi Lenox said...

There is something waiting for you at the castle. Knock and enter to receive.
The Premio Dardos Award and Seven Men of Integrity

Daryl said...

Fabulous ..

Catherine said...

And you were there, Mojo,making part of the dozen people who were watching this first flight, there to report.
Thanks to share this stunning story.

SandyCarlson said...

Must have been pretty special to watch her return.

Sheila @ Dr Cason.org said...

I bet that was cool. Just to release her and watch her fly away, knowing she'd be okay.

magiceye said...

this is so beautiful....

Shadow said...

what a magnificent bird!

SaoirseDaily2 said...

Birds of prey are one of my favorites, after bluebirds. Great photo.

ramblingwoods.com said...

Oh love this post...

lisaschaos said...

Boy you had to be quick for that one! :) Beautiful bird!

June said...

How wonderful to give see new life born! Must have been thrilling to watch...