These are pics of the release of a Red Tail Hawk. I rescued it after I realized it was not in good health and I noticed her wing was bent and low. She couldn't fly far and was very weak. I followed her until she cornered herself in some berry bushes. I crossed the creek and threw my sweater over her and scooped her up.
I took the hawk to the Feed Barn in Jackson, and was referred to Pat Benik for rehabilitation, or euthanization, if her injuries were too bad. Thankfully, and with the care of Pat and her husband, she was ready to be set free in 7 short weeks. Pat has rescued and nursed hundreds of raptor birds, bob cat, fox etc. The pics in this gallery are of the release of the hawk I rescued 7 weeks earlier. She may even have a mate. A larger, darker hawk that was found hanging around the huge outdoor aviary. Hopefully Our girl is with her new friend. She was released within a mile from where I found her.
These images are high res 300 dpi jpegs. I am allowing free download of these images. I ask that you please make reference to Eleanor Caputo - Studio 18 Gallery if you use any of the images. It would also be nice if they would be used for educational purposes. I am also available to photograph any rehab, release or rescues for your educational needs and documentation.
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