HawkQuest Photo Shoot

Peregrine Falcon
We learned that Wolf Camera was sponsoring a special event at Bear Creek Lake Park with the raptor educational organization, HawkQuest. Founder and Master Falconer Kin Quitugua and other HawkQuest handlers brought six rehabilitated raptors for us to observe and photograph early one October morning. Although we prefer to watch birds in the wild, this was a fantastic opportunity to see these beauties at close range. None of them could survive in the wild, either due to injury or imprinting on humans.

We were divided into smaller groups in order to circle through stations where a volunteer tended a tethered bird. We saw a Peregrine Falcon, Great Horned Owl, American Kestrel, Bald Eagle and Barn Owl.

Bald Eagle

Barn Owl

American Kestrel
Great Horned Owl

After these birds were returned to their cages it was time to fly the Harris Hawk. Unlike the other birds, the more intelligent Harris Hawk flew untethered, returning to Kin time and time again. Quite a remarkable demonstration!

Harris's Hawk flying

On our way out, to support Hawkquest we bought Birds of Prey of the West Field Guide by Stan Tekiela, a great little pocket ID guide packed full of photos.

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