Birds of Prey
I spent a week in Victoria, where I was born and raised. I looked at my old neighbourhood and school and I visited friends. Then I hit the road and headed north. On the way back to Nanaimo, I stopped at Birds of Prey. This facility rehabilitates injured birds of prey as well as housing some birds that cannot be returned to the wild. Every day they put on a flying show and the birds perform activities which they would do in the wild. The bald eagle swooped to pick up a fish from a small pond. The ferruginous hawk captured a duck (made out of fabric). The barn owl gave a demonstration of its silent flight. They were amazing to see so close up. For the photographers: the light could not have been worse. The field where they were flying was dappled with sunlight. The birds flew across my field of vision so I had no chance to catch them in flight. The handler, while holding the birds was constantly walking in and out of the shade/sunlight. The public were asked not to stand up or move while the birds were flying about. Photographically not the best -- but very impressive and I loved being there.
The bald eagle is the most majestic bird. They are amazing to watch in flight. The baby barn owl shown here has beautifully patterned feathers.
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