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    Raptors

    Recently, I had the good fortune to participate in a behind-the-scenes tour of the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center here in North Texas. The Center is a non-profit organization that aims to educate the public about birds of prey and their importance to the local environment through outreach programs with live raptors. The Center is housed in a growing facility that includes a raptor rehabilitation hospital for wild birds of prey that are injured, sick or orphaned. The goal is to place these magnificent creatures back into their natural, wild environment.

    Unfortunately, some raptors that are brought to the facility can't be returned to their natural environment after they've been rehabilitated, usually because they're no longer possess all the abilities that are needed to survive in the wild. The good news is that the number of such instances is greatly outnumbered by those in which, following rehabilitation, the raptor is released back into the wild. When that isn't possible, the Center maintains and nurtures the birds. The ability to present them in a controlled environment is a key part in the Center's public education programs. It is these permanent residents of the Center whose photographs are shown here. The images were captured with my Nikon Coolpix B700 (60X optical zoom).

    Mississippi Kite




    Male Red Tailed Hawk




    Female Red Tailed Hawk




    Barn Owl




    Screech Owl


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    The Screech owl has personality!
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    Magnificent creatures! The Apex of the food chain.

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    Great pics, thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pig Ninja View Post
    The Screech owl has personality!
    The image doesn't give a real sense of size. It's about 6 or 7 inches tall and weighs about 4 ounces according to the folks at the Center. While I was there, I learned that owls can't move their eyes. They have to turn their head to change views which is why they have 14 vertebra in their neck (we have 7). That allows them to rotate their head 270 degrees.
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    Wow, thank you! Cool photos.


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