We recently filmed a series of videos with Braddock bay’s Barb French with our character Kele Kestrel. Our goal was to shoot between five and six short videos, focusing on what birds of prey live in our area, why they are important, why birds migrate, how and why bands are used to research bird migration, and some simple bird facts. We shot on location at Braddock Bay’s public Hawk Blind in the Owl Woods in North Greece, NY. It was a hot morning but the blind was sheltered; I was grateful to not be terribly hot in the kestrel suit.
Kele Kestrel originally was built years ago by two people: my friend Dan built the body suit and Erin from Keystone Mascots built the head. She built the beak to be wide open so I could both see and speak clearly through it. Our friend Casey made Kele’s scarf and leg band. At some point, we will upgrade the body suit as the arms are a bit tight.
This series is the first in which we interviewed someone but it will not be the last. We have plans on doing many more in the future. But for now, here are all of the Bird’s Eye View! Enjoy!