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Cathie Rowand - The Journal Gazette
In this 2000 Journal Gazette file photo, John Castrale, of the state Department of Natural Resources, is attacked by a parent of the four peregrine falcon chicks banded and returned to their nest atop One Summit Square. Banding helps track the birds.

Photos of Falcons

Shooter's Comments:

In the past, we have covered the banding of Roosevelt and Freedom's chicks. Almost every Journal Gazette staff photographer has covered this yearly event at least once, until four years ago when the peregrine falcon couple stopped producing chicks. It was one of my favorite events to cover.

First, the chicks were brought into a room at One Summit Square for banding. The chicks were cute and so fluffy that you would want to pet them, but the looks on their faces told you that you would lose a finger if you tried.

The media was then invited up to the roof to photograph people with the DNR returning the chicks to their roof-top nest at One Summit Square. You would think it would be a happy reunion of parents and chicks, but members of the DNR were always attacked by the angry parents. When you watch the gallery of photos you will see that each of us got a shot of some unlucky person being warned away from the nest.

- Cathie Rowand, Photojournalist

Editor's Note:

Our archive system removes the camera data from our images, so I can't get the usual amount of information here. I'm hoping you'll enjoy this look back, just the same.

- Lara Neel, Visual Editor

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