Steve Morenos photographed these Australian Kestrels at the Australian Reptile Park (ARP), Somersby, where he has been shooting for about a year. He writes:
“The Kestrels were just small chicks when they were found after being blown out of their nest during a severe thunderstorm. Handed in by a resident and hand reared by ARP staff the chicks took on their beautiful plumage as they grew rapidly. I timed the shoot to coincide with new born animals. This gave me an opportunity to photograph them as they grew…quite incredible to witness.”
The image is part of Morenos’ ongoing photo shoot “Fotozoa.” Ten of the images are part of a winning portfolio touring with the 2009 Sony World Photography Awards.