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Red-tailed Hawk, Living with One Eye, Part 2

The one-eyed Red-tail Hawk at the Center for Birds of Prey has adapted and despite my not getting any decent pictures, he flies with ease.

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

At one point when he was on a post in front of us he turned away from the group, likely so he could face into the wind, which was steady with gusts that morning.

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

But he was quick to turn back, the wind fluffing up his feathers was preferable to not seeing movement in front of him.

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

The Center for Birds of Prey,  Awanda, SC
June 24, 2021

Red-tailed Hawk, Living with One Eye

This Red-tailed Hawk is a part of the educational and flight demonstration program at the Center for Birds of Prey.

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

Due to the program setup I was not on the side to see his fully lit body but got backlighting of his tail, which is quite pretty.

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

A key take-away lesson from the center is Don’t Litter! This bird lost his right eye after being hit on a roadway, most likely trying to catch prey that somewhere down the food chain was after something discarded from a vehicle. The medical team was able to remove the eye and he recovered from his other injuries, however he cannot safely be released as he cannot reliably hunt to feed himself.

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

The Center for Birds of Prey,  Awanda, SC
June 24, 2021