This photo was taken back in October up at Hawk Ridge in Duluth, MN. The photo was taken by a Hawk Ridge volunteer, I kind of had my hands full, as I released a merlin falcon that I had adopted.
This was one of three birds that I adopted up at Hawk Ridge in the fall of 2008. The adoption program is a way that a normal every day person, off of the streets, can get the chance to hold on to a wild raptor for a few seconds and then let it fly free up into the sky. It is a great experience and the fee that you pay helps to fund all of the great education programs and studies of the Hawk Ridge Observatory.