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Urban Rookery * NEW* (43) More files... by Suzi Eszterhas
In the heart of a busy suburb in Santa Rosa, California, is a rookery that holds over 300 nests of egrets and herons. Miraculously, for decades, the birds have chosen to nest in trees on a road median, with vehicle traffic on both sides below. Often when fledglings are learning to fly they fall onto the road and are hit by cars. For over ten years an amazing woman and her volunteer team have monitored the rookery every hour to pick up fledglings from the road before they can get hit by cars. This is only the beginning of their rescue story. The birds are then taken to a hospital, International Bird Rescue, where they are treated for injuries from car accidents (broken wings, legs and bills), falls from the nest and hypothermia. For weeks, and sometimes months, they receive medical treatment and round-the-clock care, and are then finally released on a nature preserve in the local watershed. In last year’s season, 173 birds were rescued from the site and successfully released into the wild.
Great Egret (Ardea alba) parent feeding one week old chick in nest, Sonoma County, California
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00555852 Great Egret (Ardea alba) parent feeding one week old chick in nest, Sonoma County, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Great Egret (Ardea alba) parent and four week old chick in nest, Sonoma County, California
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00555839 Great Egret (Ardea alba) parent and four week old chick in nest, Sonoma County, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Great Egret (Ardea alba) parent and two week old chicks in nest, Sonoma County, California
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00555842 Great Egret (Ardea alba) parent and two week old chicks in nest, Sonoma County, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Great Egret (Ardea alba) two week old chicks in nest, Sonoma County, California
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00555831 Great Egret (Ardea alba) two week old chicks in nest, Sonoma County, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Great Egret (Ardea alba) two week old chicks in nest, Sonoma County, California
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00555832 Great Egret (Ardea alba) two week old chicks in nest, Sonoma County, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Great Egret (Ardea alba), Snowy Egret (Egretta thula), and Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) rookery, Ninth Street Rookery, Santa Rosa, California
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00555825 Great Egret (Ardea alba), Snowy Egret (Egretta thula), and Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) rookery, Ninth Street Rookery, Santa Rosa, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Great Egret (Ardea alba), Snowy Egret (Egretta thula), and Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) rookery, Ninth Street Rookery, Santa Rosa, California
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00555826 Great Egret (Ardea alba), Snowy Egret (Egretta thula), and Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) rookery, Ninth Street Rookery, Santa Rosa, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Great Egret (Ardea alba), Snowy Egret (Egretta thula), and Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) rookery being observed by school children, Ninth Street Rookery, Santa Rosa, California
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00555890 Great Egret (Ardea alba), Snowy Egret (Egretta thula), and Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) rookery being observed by school children, Ninth Street Rookery, Santa Rosa, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Great Egret (Ardea alba) dead chick, three weeks old, in road, Ninth Street Rookery, Santa Rosa, California
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00555829 Great Egret (Ardea alba) dead chick, three weeks old, in road, Ninth Street Rookery, Santa Rosa, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Great Egret (Ardea alba) dead chick, three weeks old, in road, Ninth Street Rookery, Santa Rosa, California
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00555828 Great Egret (Ardea alba) dead chick, three weeks old, in road, Ninth Street Rookery, Santa Rosa, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) fledgling on road, Ninth Street Rookery, Santa Rosa, California
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00555824 Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) fledgling on road, Ninth Street Rookery, Santa Rosa, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) fledgling crossing road, Ninth Street Rookery, Santa Rosa, California
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00555875 Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) fledgling crossing road, Ninth Street Rookery, Santa Rosa, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) four week old fledgling being rescued by volunteer, Birgitta Lewis, Ninth Street Rookery, Santa Rosa, California
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00555823 Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) four week old fledgling being rescued by volunteer, Birgitta Lewis, Ninth Street Rookery, Santa Rosa, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) fledgling being rescued by volunteer Birgitta Lewis, Ninth Street Rookery, Santa Rosa, California
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00555864 Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) fledgling being rescued by volunteer Birgitta Lewis, Ninth Street Rookery, Santa Rosa, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Great Egret (Ardea alba) veterinarian, Becky Duerr, looking at x-ray of chick that was hit by car, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California
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00555857 Great Egret (Ardea alba) veterinarian, Becky Duerr, looking at x-ray of chick that was hit by car, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Great Egret (Ardea alba) chick x-ray after being hit by car, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California
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00555856 Great Egret (Ardea alba) chick x-ray after being hit by car, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) caretaker, Isabel Luevano, examining rescued chick, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California
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00555876 Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) caretaker, Isabel Luevano, examining rescued chick, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Great Egret (Ardea alba) caretaker, Isabel Luevano, examining two day old chick, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California
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00555853 Great Egret (Ardea alba) caretaker, Isabel Luevano, examining two day old chick, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) caretaker, Isabel Luevano, examining eye of three week old chick, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California
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00555886 Green Heron (Butorides virescens) caretaker, Isabel Luevano, examining eye of three week old chick, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) caretaker, Isabel Luevano, examining mouth of three week old chick, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California
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00555887 Green Heron (Butorides virescens) caretaker, Isabel Luevano, examining mouth of three week old chick, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) caretaker, Isabel Luevano, examining eye of three week old chick, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California
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00555888 Green Heron (Butorides virescens) caretaker, Isabel Luevano, examining eye of three week old chick, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) caretaker, Isabel Luevano, casting wing of two week old chick, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California
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00555880 Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) caretaker, Isabel Luevano, casting wing of two week old chick, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) one week old chick with broken wing, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California
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00555882 Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) one week old chick with broken wing, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) one week old chick with broken wing, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California
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00555881 Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) one week old chick with broken wing, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) one week old chicks in incubator, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California
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00555889 Green Heron (Butorides virescens) one week old chicks in incubator, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) being banded before release, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California
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00555883 Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) being banded before release, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) dead chicks, which were rescued after being found in road but did not survive, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California
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00555884 Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) dead chicks, which were rescued after being found in road but did not survive, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) three week old chicks in carrier, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California
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00555879 Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) three week old chicks in carrier, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) awaiting release, The Bird Rescue Center, Santa Rosa, California
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00555873 Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) awaiting release, The Bird Rescue Center, Santa Rosa, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) one week old chicks in incubator, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California
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00555878 Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) one week old chicks in incubator, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) one week old chicks in incubator, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California
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00555877 Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) one week old chicks in incubator, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) caretaker, Nancy Teater, holding four week old chick, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California
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00555868 Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) caretaker, Nancy Teater, holding four week old chick, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) four week old chick with broken wing after being hit by car, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California
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00555869 Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) four week old chick with broken wing after being hit by car, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) four week old chick with broken wing after being hit by car, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California
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00555870 Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) four week old chick with broken wing after being hit by car, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) three week old chick rescued after it had fallen out of nest, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California
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00555866 Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) three week old chick rescued after it had fallen out of nest, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Great Egret (Ardea alba) caretaker, Isabel Luevano, examining one week old chick, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California
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00555855 Great Egret (Ardea alba) caretaker, Isabel Luevano, examining one week old chick, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) two week old chick being rescued after it was found in road, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California
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00555867 Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) two week old chick being rescued after it was found in road, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Great Egret (Ardea alba) one week old chick in incubator with two Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) chicks, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California
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00555854 Great Egret (Ardea alba) one week old chick in incubator with two Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) chicks, International Bird Rescue, Fairfield, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) fledglings rescued from road, Ninth Street Rookery, Santa Rosa, California
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00555865 Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) fledglings rescued from road, Ninth Street Rookery, Santa Rosa, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) sub-adults leaving carrier during release, The Bird Rescue Center, Santa Rosa, California
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00555860 Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) sub-adults leaving carrier during release, The Bird Rescue Center, Santa Rosa, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) sub-adults leaving carrier during release, The Bird Rescue Center, Santa Rosa, California
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00555861 Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) sub-adults leaving carrier during release, The Bird Rescue Center, Santa Rosa, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) sub-adults after release, The Bird Rescue Center, Santa Rosa, California
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00555862 Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) sub-adults after release, The Bird Rescue Center, Santa Rosa, California© Suzi Eszterhas
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) sub-adult taking flight after release, The Bird Rescue Center, Santa Rosa, California
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00555863 Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) sub-adult taking flight after release, The Bird Rescue Center, Santa Rosa, California© Suzi Eszterhas
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