Jun 30 2011

Dorothy in Action

Published by at 7:28 am under Peregrines


Do you miss watching the peregrine falconcams?  Are you going through withdrawal now that the nests are empty?

This may help.

Six weeks ago today Dorothy and E2’s chicks were banded at the Cathedral of Learning.  Among the attendees were Brian and Jacob Cohen.

Jacob comes to the bandings to gather raw material for his high school research project, Diet of Urban Peregrine Falcons, which he’s conducting through the National Aviary.  When Beth Fife cleans Dorothy’s nest Jacob gets the garbage and painstakingly identifies the feathers and bones of her prey.  How cool is that!

Brian, Jacob’s father, comes with his camera.  He’s a professional photographer — you see his work every week  in Pop City — and he likes to take pictures of our peregrines. 

Brian got some great shots on Banding Day as Dorothy puffed up, wheeled, and dove to defend her babies from Beth Fife’s approach.  Click on his closeup of Dorothy to see her in action. 

Wow, she’s good!  

I guarantee this will ease your withdrawal pains.

(photos by Brian Cohen, www.briancohenphotography.com)

10 responses so far

10 Responses to “Dorothy in Action”

  1. Kathyon 30 Jun 2011 at 7:45 am

    OH MY! Stunning photos and an incredibly gorgeous subject. Those were wonderful. I thought I had a favorite and then the next picture popped up. GREAT JOB! Thanks Brian.

  2. Nellie Curranon 30 Jun 2011 at 8:05 am

    What great photos! Thank you for sharing, Brian and Kate.

  3. faith cornellon 30 Jun 2011 at 8:16 am

    Oh such a grand & glorious lady. She is such a good mother & predator. Withdrawal relievers are good. Most of the eagles are fledging on other sites so it is hard. Thanks so much for knowing our heart strings play wonderful music when we see the wonderful pictures you put up for us. Thanks Kate and to Brian.

  4. Jennieon 30 Jun 2011 at 8:17 am

    What a magnificent bird. Her amazing wingspan, the fierce look in her eyes, the spread out tail feathers – breathtaking! Brian’s photos are so crisp and clear it’s almost like being there. Best of luck to Jacob on his research project. Kate, you’re right. It did ease the withdrawal pains. :-)

  5. Donnaon 30 Jun 2011 at 9:42 am

    Kate, Thanks for sharing Brian’s photos of “our” Dorothy. It’s hard to visualize her fierceness on the webcam, especially when she tenderly feeds her chicks. His photos capture her true personality as a raptor.

  6. sharon Leadbitteron 30 Jun 2011 at 11:14 am

    *bows to the master photographer*

    I can only hope one day to be that good!!! I would almost swear I could see the worry and angst in Dorothy’s eyes

  7. Stickerson 30 Jun 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I love how the beak and eyes are in stark contrast to the white-to-gray plumage of these fabulous-feathered, riders of the wind. Like an etched sticker decal that has flown into existance.

  8. mason4saloon 30 Jun 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Jacob, I hope to read your research project and/or see the results. Sounds so interesting.

  9. Kristenon 30 Jun 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing, Brian! And good luck to you, Jacob, on your research project.

  10. Patty C.on 01 Jul 2011 at 9:55 am

    I would love to read Jacob’s paper and find out what he learned!

    –P.

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