Grand Forks photographer recently spent some time at “a place in Minnesota,” and this is what caught his eye.
Raptor expert Tim Driscoll and his crew were busy at work Monday, banding new peregrine chicks born on the University of North Dakota water tower, and Grand Forks photographer Russ Hons was there. The chicks, named Chan, Julie and Carl, were carefully placed in a small dog kennel and lowered to the ground for the banding. The parents, Marv and Terminator, were not happy, and let the crowd of 100-plus onlookers know. They circled the tower and the climbers and constantly voiced their displeasure. The banders weighed and measured the chicks and placed a small metal band on their legs for future identification. The crowd was able to get a closeup look at the chicks before they were returned to the nest at the top of the tower. According to Russ, the falcons “fly unbelievably fast and were not easy to get photos of while in flight.” (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)
Grand Forks photographer Russ Hons is becoming quite well-known for his spectacular sports shots. But recently, he decided to take a ride into the countryside, since there were no action sports that night, so he could practice his action shooting. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)