I managed to fit in another flying visit to the International Centre for Birds of Prey [icbp.org] today, arriving just in time for the final bird of the morning flying display. I was lucky enough to be able to catch the Bald Eagle coming in to land in front of the trees which created a wonderfully lush backdrop - an unexpected bonus given the grey and drizzly conditions. After a bite to eat I took a brief stroll around the hawk walk. Most of the birds were, very sensibly if not photogenically, hiding in their enclosures rather than sitting out on the grass so there were pretty slim pickings here. As I passed through the shop on my way out I discovered three more birds on the counter in large plastic boxes. These baby owls will eventually become members of the Centre's flying team so they spend some time in the shop each day where they come into contact with lots of people. This means they won't be afraid of the crowds when they start taking part in displays. They are still at the cute, fluffy stage at the moment and were unbelievably obliging in terms of looking at the camera on cue - these three will go far!
Rainy day portraits
by Helen Hooker June. 16, 2013 5596 views