Today’s post is all about Birds of Prey! While at the San Jacinto Day festival, I was privileged to witness a demonstration on Birds of Prey graciously put on by the San Antonio based, nonprofit organization – Last Chance Forever. They are “dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned birds of prey, scientific investigation, and also just as importantly, the education of the public” (source: LastChanceForever.org).
The show was definitely *****5 Stars worthy!!!!
Photo: Ms. Kelly Rayner, Program Coordinator-Last Chance Forever, San Antonio,TX (Holding a Northern Crested Caracara). You can really see the huge talons and wing strength!
Photo: Northern Crested Caracara – What a truly beautiful bird! According to Rapture Technician, Mr. Ian Joplin, (and lifesaver for this article!), the Caracara’s are very intelligent birds that can hunt and eat carrion, sometimes incorrectly referred to as a Mexican Eagle.
The trust level these birds have for both Ms. Rayner and Mr. Schmid is amazing as they showed us the bird’s release and immediate return back to both handlers.
Photo: Ms. Kelly Rayner (Left)(Holding a A juvenile Bay-winged Hawk or Harris’ Hawk, both names are accepted) and Mr. Robert Schmid, Volunteer for Last Chance Forever (Right)
Photo: Here we a close up of the stunning juvenile Bay-winged Hawk/Harris’ Hawk
This is a hybrid falcon, a cross between a Sakar Lanner and a Lanner Falcon
Photo: This hybrid falcon, a cross between a Sakar Lanner and a Lanner Falconlitte was too cute!
I wanted to give you a perspective on the size of this Barred Owl
What a truly remarkable and stunning bird!!! Isn’t it just magnificent!!!!
This Barred Owl was just so captivating to look at I HAD to get a close up!
This red phase Eastern Screech Owl, (the red is a recessive trait to more common gray phase) was the cutest little thing ever!!!
Look at the HUGE size of this magnificent Golden Eagle!
Gorgeous isn’t it? What a rare opportunity for those of us in the audience to see such a bird!
The Golden Eagle (above)
Stunning isn’t it!
So glad I was able to see this unbelievable demonstration!! I was sad to say goodbye to the Golden Eagle!
Note: If you would like to donate to this worthy cause or volunteer in some capacity, please contact info@LastChanceForever.org or visit their website at www.LastChanceForever.Org. Here’s an interesting article if you’d like to read more.
HUGE shout out of thanks to Mr. Ian Joplin, Rapture Technician, who helped make sure I was labeling the birds of prey photos correctly!
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Elizabeth and Max