It’s easy to see why Owls are one of the biggest attractions at the Center for Birds of Prey. Trained to participate in the Center’s Environmental Education programs, they tend to sit calmly on a perch giving a wonderful opportunity to see them up close. This Great Horned Owl, however, was intent on getting on the ground for a few minutes.
His handler waited for him to look around and settle.
After a bit he went back to the perch and showed off with a lovely pose.
The Center for Birds of Prey, Photography Day, April 2017, Awanda, SC.
Found from eastern Europe to central Asia these hunters face survival pressure due to development driven habitat loss and black market sales into falconry. The most sought after hunters also would make the best parents if they were left in the wild.
This bird was bred in captivity and is part of the Center for Birds of Prey’s education program.
On this November day there was enough breeze that she kept turning into the wind to keep her feathers un-ruffled.
This Bald Eagle posed for portraits at the Center for Birds of Prey Photography Day in November. He recovered from a back injury under the Center’s care but cannot fly to catch food so he will remain part of their education program.
This was the first bird of the day and the song birds that had been flitting in and out of the pine trees at the edge of the demonstration field all disappeared from view when he was brought out.
The size of the Eagle’s claws are even more amazing up close.