"It's what we like to call the raptor experience. Because it truly is an experience when we put the birds out for display. They are magical creatures" ~

~ Stephen Williams ~

 

This baby hawk was brought out once while I was at the Baby Owl Shower at The Maitland Audubon Center... cute little bird :)

 

Hawks, eagles, falcons, osprey, secretary birds, condors, vultures, and owls are all considered raptors. All of these birds are associated with the consumption of meat, and as can be seen, some raptors prefer to scavenge for their meat, rather than actively hunting it. Most raptors build a nest together and raise their young in tandem, helping the young raptors to learn how to hunt prey successfully as they are weaned. In many cases, a raptor pair will return to the same nest year after year, making them unfortunately highly sensitive to human encroachment on their habitat.

 

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Taken on May 12, 2012