The Canadian Peregrine Foundation

Richmond Hill Photo Gallery

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2002 SEASON

 

July 2002 -- Majesty and Viking settling down together for the night on the roof of the Richmond Hill Town Hall.   (Photo by Natalie Helferty)

 

 

July 13, 2002 -- One of Viking's little adventures took her from the safety of the beam at left to a more precarious perch on one of the swing stages on the building for window cleaning.   (Photos by Paul Marshman)

 

 

 

July 13, 2002 -- The attack of the mockingbird!  All of the Richmond Hill peregrines this year have been the victim of taunting from these much smaller, yet fearless birds.   (Photos by Paul Marshman)

 

 

 

 

July 13, 2002 -- Viking takes a rest on the beam at the front canopy of the Richmond Hill Town Hall, having endured another attack by the local mockingbird.   (Photo by Paul Marshman)

 

 

July 6, 2002 -- Hope rests on the edge of the Town Hall roof on a hot and hazy afternoon.   (Photos by David Dean)

 

 

 

June 30, 2002 -- The Richmond Hill fledglings are exploring their surroundings daily.   (Photos by David Dean)

 

 

 

 

June 28, 2002 -- Four of the five peregrines on the outer parts of the Richmond Hill hack box, minutes after release.   (Photos by Mark Nash)

 

 

 

June 19, 2002 -- The family of five acclimatizing to their new home in the Richmond Hill hack box.   (Photo by Mark Nash)

 

 

June 19, 2002 -- Today the 5 young Toronto chicks were transported and deposited into the CPF hack box atop the Richmond Hill Town Hall roof where they will stay until they have regained their weight and muscle mass.  Mr. Akira Kanda and his film crew from NHK Japan were present to record the placement of the chicks into the hack box.  (Photo by Akira Kanda)

 

 

June 19, 2002 -- Mark Nash transfers Valour from a transport box into his new home, the Richmond Hill hack box.  (Photo by Akira Kanda)

 

Note: additional photos of the 2002 chicks earlier in their development can be found in the Toronto 2002 Gallery

2001 SEASON

 

July 23, 2001 --  As Project Coordinator Natalie Helferty removed the bars from the front of the hack box, the peregrines wasted no time rushing to the platform outside.  (Photo by Mike Barrett)

 

July 23, 2001 -- Lightning watches with curiosity from the edge of the platform while Legacy tests his wings.  (Photo by Mike Barrett)

 

July 23, 2001 -- Two of the three peregrines just moments after being released from the hack box for the first time, showing Legacy taking flight for the first time.  (Photo by Mike Barrett)

 

July 23, 2001 --  Lionheart takes flight for the first time, getting a jump start from the front platform of the hack box.  (Photo by Mike Barrett)
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July 14, 2001 -- The oldest of the three chicks in the hack box, at an age of approximately 40 days.  (Photo by Martin Chen)
July 14, 2001 -- The youngest of the three chicks in the hack box, at an age of approximately 31 days.  (Photo by Martin Chen)
 

July 14, 2001 -- The middle chick, roughly 34 days old in this photo.  (Photo by Martin Chen)

 

July 6, 2001 -- The three chicks together in the hack box moments after entering it for the first time.  Note the differences in feathering between the chicks (from left to right: 23, 26, and 32 days old).  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)
 

July 6, 2001 -- The two older chicks side by side in the carrying box on the way up to the roof to be placed in their new home.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)

 

July 6, 2001 -- The three chicks just after banding, being held by (left to right) Dan Olding of the Town of Richmond Hill, Councillor Lynn Foster, and project coordinator Natalie Helferty of the Richmond Hill Naturalists.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)
 

July 6, 2001 -- The youngest of the three chicks, this 23-day-old bird didn't want to come back out of the tub after being weighed.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)

 

July 6, 2001 -- Mark Nash of the Canadian Peregrine Foundation holds on to this young male while Mark Heaton of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources checks that the bands are fitting well.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)
 

July 6, 2001 -- By far the most developed of the three chicks, this 32-day-old male already has many of its flight feathers in place.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)

 

July 6, 2001 -- The oldest chick rested calmly within the tub while being weighed.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)
 

July 6, 2001 -- Reaching into the carrying box to lift out the chicks isn't always an easy task.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)

 

July 6, 2001 -- This chick, 26 days old, seemed rather indignant at being placed into a flower pot for weighing, and squawked persistently throughout the entire process.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)
 

July 6, 2001 -- Mark Nash holds the 26-day old chick in preparation for banding.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)

 

July 6, 2001 -- Richmond Hill Councillor Lynn Foster holds one of the chicks briefly before placing it back into the box for the trip to the roof.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)

June 17, 2001 -- Nate on a lamp post north of his home territory at Mississauga's St. Lawrence Cement Plant.  (Photos by Mark Nash and Marcel Gahbauer)

1999 SEASON - POST RELEASE

rhfoto20s.jpg (3584 bytes) July, 1999 -- CPF director Mark Nash (left) thanking Diane Gleave (centre) and Jeannine Abernethy (right) for rescuing Sir Richmond.  (Photo by Bill Green)
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July 12, 1999 -- A closeup of Nate's head, taken inside when we trapped the juveniles for satellite transmitter attachment.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)

 

rhfoto19s.jpg (2861 bytes) July 12, 1999 -- Nate standing in the holding box shortly before being released.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)
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July 13, 1999 -- Sir Richmond exercises his wings just prior to receiving his satellite transmitter.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)

 

rhfoto13s.jpg (3889 bytes) July 13, 1999 -- Pud Hunter of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources holds Sir Richmond before putting him back into the hack box.  This was just after the attachment of the satellite harness.  Two small leather patches are visible on the breast; these are to protect the bird's breast feathers.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)
rhfoto14s.jpg (5580 bytes) July 13, 1999 -- The satellite transmitter has just been placed on Rouge; in this photo Mark Nash is inspecting the position of the straps on the bird's breast.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)
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July 13, 1999 -- Rouge flying away from the hack box wearing his transmitter (the antenna is just visible in the photo).  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)

 

1999 SEASON - BANDING

rhfoto11s.jpg (7032 bytes) June 17, 1999 -- Sir Richmond inside the hack box.  (Photo by Natalie Helferty)
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June 17, 1999 -- Eco inside the hack box, looking out the back door as his brothers were returned to the box following the banding.  (Photo by Natalie Helferty)

 

rhfoto10s.jpg (4115 bytes) June 17, 1999 -- Eco (left) and Richmond (right) watch as Mark Heaton tries to free his hand from Nate's talons.  The birds were being returned to the hack box after being banded inside.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)
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June 17, 1999 -- Eco looking over his shoulder at us as we looked in through the front of the hack box.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)

 

rhfoto29s.jpg (3004 bytes) June 17, 1999 -- Richmond Hill Mayor Bill Bell is introduced to Sir Richmond by Vicki Samaras.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)
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June 17, 1999 -- Banding day - Vicki Samaras of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources holds Nate just before he is banded.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)

 

1999 SEASON - HACK BOX CONSTRUCTION

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June 10, 1999 -- CPF director Mark Nash introduces Nate to his new home, the hack box on the roof of the Richmond Hill Town Hall.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)

 

rhfoto7s.jpg (4643 bytes) June 10, 1999 -- Eco upon arrival at Richmond Hill.  He and his three brothers were flown to Toronto from Montreal, then were transferred to the hack box on the roof.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)
rhfoto6s.jpg (5931 bytes) June 2, 1999 -- Before fully erecting the hack box, we put the box together on the roof itself.  In this photo, the hack box is almost fully assembled.  Copper bars are being inserted through slots in the front of the box; these will keep the young birds confined until they are ready for release.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)
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June 7, 1999 -- Building the hack box was a day-long project.  We started by assembling the base of the box on the ground, then constructing a platform for it to stand on.  Here Daniel Rayman (left) and Marcel Gahbauer (right) prepare one of the platform's support beams.  (Photo by Natalie Helferty)

 

rhfoto25s.jpg (4879 bytes) June 7, 1999 -- Once the platform was erected, we lifted the base of the box up onto it and started fastening braces together.   The construction crew from left to right: Natalie Helferty, Daniel Rayman, Mark Heaton, Vicki Samaras, Bruce Massey, and Stacey Withrow.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)
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June 7, 1999 -- The hack box now mostly built.  The feeding tube can be seen on the left wall, while the cable on the right side is for the video camera.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)

 

rhfoto27s.jpg (6055 bytes) June 7, 1999 -- Putting the final touches on the box - to provide the birds with a "landing pad" after release, we constructed an extension from the front of the hack box, supported by scrap wood from the rest of the box.  Here Natalie Helferty fixes our last cross-brace into position while Bruce Massey holds it in position.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)
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June 10, 1999 -- Shortly before the chicks arrived, Natalie Helferty installed our "Nighthawk" video camera in the box.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)

 

rhfoto23s.jpg (3781 bytes) June, 1999 -- The view from inside the hack box.   This is what the four young peregrines saw from the time of their arrival on June 10 until their release on June 28.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)
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June, 1999 -- A composite view looking south from the roof of the Richmond Hill Town Hall.  At left is the corner of the roof; to the right of that is the Royal Bank building.  The intersection near the centre of the photo is Highway 7 and East Beaver Creek.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)

 

rhfoto21s.jpg (2669 bytes) June, 1999 -- A bird's eye view from the roof of the Richmond Hill Town Hall, facing west.  The Sheraton Convention Centre on the left became a favourite perch of the peregrines, especially the "S" logo visible on the far side, and the aerials.  The red Sheraton Hotel to the west was also a regular hangout.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)
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June, 1999 -- A view of the Richmond Hill Town Hall from the east side of East Beaver Creek Road, south of Highway 7.  (Photo by Mark Nash)

 

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April 10, 1999 -- A view of the Richmond Hill Town Hall from the parking lot on the south side.  The peregrine hack box will be located on the roof, near the edge of the building, on either the south (left) or east (right) side.  (Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)


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