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Monday, March 4, 2013

Birds of Prey - Boise

The World Center for Birds of Prey, is the headquarters for The Peregrine Fund, an international non-profit organization founded in 1970 that conserves endangered  raptors around the world. Built in 1984, the World Center for Birds of Prey is located on 580 acres  on a hilltop overlooking Boise, Idaho. The campus consists of the business offices of The Peregrine Fund, breeding facilities for endangered raptors, the Velma Morrison Interpretive Center, and the Herrick Collections Building, which houses a large research library and the Archives of Falconry.
The Peregrine Fund is known for its worldwide conservation and recovery efforts of rare and endangered raptors. The organization's first recovery effort focused on the Peregrine Falcon, which was facing extinction due to the widespread use of the chemical DDT. The Peregrine Falcon was removed from the US Endangered Species list in 1999 at an international celebration held in Boise.

We visited this Center in October 2012 and were treated to a wonderful flying demonstration of  some these birds - Falcons, Hawks,Eagles & an eagle owl. It was a fascinating spectacle & the eagle owl was really the star of the show. The birds & their trainers enjoy perfect harmony and the birds follow commands meticulously. The visit was a great education too ! The trainers have great affection for the birds and handle them with great care. The birds are rewarded immediately after a successful and accurate flight.

52 comments:

  1. We have experienced first hand the magnificence of Owls and Bald Eagles as birds of prey, as well as hawks but never Peregrine Falcons. Our poor chickens are on the receiving end of the birds of prey actions. Still they are magnificent creatures and you have shared some wonderful pictures! Thank you.

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    1. Thanks for your comment which appeared at lightning speed. Yes these are magnificent & amazing creatures and I am happy that great efforts are being taken to preserve them.

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  2. The owl looks striking!! Phew! What a gaze ....the last pic aptly, was the grand finale.

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  3. I love his 'tufty' look! Certainly a great bird show to marvel.

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  4. Splendid photos, Ram. You are very adept with the camera.

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  5. Eagle owls! I am meeting for the first time. Photographs are of par excellence.

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  6. Those birds look so beautiful. Nice pictures.

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    great birds.
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  8. How well they handle the birds. I have seen a similar show in Jurong Bird Park, Singapore.

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  9. I liked the owl. There is a mystic mystery about owls and their hoot.

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  10. It's great to be able to see these birds up close and watch them fly. Wonderful pictures!

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  11. Greetings, my friend. I attempted to comment on your other blog but was not able to find a comment section.

    This is a superb set of photos. Some really fine pictures of these incredible birds. Must have been a great show. We had a bird show with some of these same birds at our Silver Springs park, but I think that was discontinued for financial reasons.

    Thank you for stopping by our blogs!

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  12. Great shots. It is amazing how well the birds and their trainers are able to interact.

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    1. Indeed yes: there is perfect harmony between them !

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  13. It’s amazing how these birds of prey follow the instructions. The eagle owl looks like a show stealer. I adore its stare. Glad they form a organization to save these endanger species.

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    1. The conservation efforts they take in the US to support endangered species, is simply amazing.

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  14. I'm kinda scared of these birds. But they are beautiful big birds. I know what you mean about the bird handlers. I felt the same way when I once had the opportunity to watch them at work.

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    1. They certainly are scary. But generally they do not attack humans but only prey of their size or smaller. The demo was spectacular.

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  15. What an experience it must have been .

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  16. Huge birds and great shots. But its kinda scary and those instructors handle them so well!!

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  17. This was a visual treat once again Rama! I am sure this must have been a once in lifetime experience!

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  18. To protect endangered species is hard work,I think. Ibis in japan is also endangered species. Because of japanlike ibis,I want this birds survive.
    Big bird was held by a women in the picture but it is not heavy,I wonder.
    Have a nice day!

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    1. Very happy to learn that efforts are being made in Japan to save the Ibis. The big bird is an eagle owl. I suppose it will be light. I did not have the chance to hold it :)

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  19. Here after quite a while. That bird has stunning eyes.

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