I could never get enough pictures of Lucy. She does such a great job at programs and she is a fine specimen of her species. (The little bird on the big perch is the kestrel.)
Does a screech owl ever NOT look pissed off?
I received my first RAPTOR boo boo today. Two Socks the red-tailed hawk is a bit feisty, having been used sporadically for programs. He bates a lot and he ALWAYS bates when being put into or removed from his carrier. As I was taking him back to his mew, he bated like crazy and got just enough of his jesses loose to get his talons on my arm below the glove.
I used a few very colorful metaphors but kept him in my hand and finally got him into his mew and released.
It's not deep, but it's long and jagged, like a cut from a serrated knife. It won't be my last, I'm sure, but I hope they are rare occurrences.
I get a breather this week as far as RAPTOR is concerned, with my next program on Friday.
And the girls start back to school next week!
***Susan is doing the Snoopy dance***