She was landing on the ground behind me. So close my lens could not focus at first.
These photographs were taken at The Center For Birds Of Prey. Here the hawk could fly around a large field, land in near by trees, almost sit on the photographer, and in general get a good exercise.
This particular hawk lives at the center since she has lost sight in one eye. Overall she was healthy, but in the wild probably would have a hard time catching prey. At the center she is well cared for, can still fly and be ‘a little wild’, yet be sure to have food. In return she is used for education and conservation demonstrations.
How do you train an Owl? Invite some people to sit or stand in a specific spot, then have the Owl fly between or over them.
The good news being the Owl really wants to avoid people, it’s the food being offered by the handler that’s imortant.
There were some times the Owl wasn’t interested in the food or handler. But for the most part all went according to plan.
This was at the end of the day and several people were invited to participate. Made for some great photos. Of course Ellen was used as a special prop trying to get the bird to swoop at and over her camera.