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Re: Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« Reply #15 on: September 08, 2012, 06:12:30 PM »
There are the three Red Tail Hawks in the next mew over, also seen through the peephole - I hope to meet them closeup soon

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Re: Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« Reply #16 on: September 08, 2012, 06:16:08 PM »
The smaller birds are housed together, two screech owls, Slug and Gus, a female Kestrel Aries, and Spartacus, a Burrowing Owl with a bad eye

Sparticus the Burrowing Owl dove into his upside down crate right after I entered the mew.
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Re: Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« Reply #17 on: September 08, 2012, 06:20:53 PM »
March 15, 2014 - removed all photos of birds in mews - we have new code of conduct
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Re: Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« Reply #18 on: September 08, 2012, 06:25:28 PM »
My most exciting moment today was finding out that we have housed eagles!  The Channel Islands off our coast are home to many balds, and there were three in our large flight cage earlier this year.  So maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to see them up close and personal soon!

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Re: Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« Reply #19 on: September 08, 2012, 06:43:13 PM »
wonderful pictures - sounds like you are having a great time  while learning ---btw I find that the heavy and hard work is great exercise   = frees me from guilt that I don't do "regular" exercise.......

love the pix ---

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Re: Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« Reply #20 on: September 08, 2012, 06:55:19 PM »
It must be very rewarding Opiek, good for you. :ecsmile

The court case for the Peregrine Falcons? Did someone capture & breed them or....

The poor Hawk in the middle of one of your pictures looks to have a awful cut sore above his beak?

Thank-you for sharing.

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Re: Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« Reply #21 on: September 09, 2012, 08:13:57 AM »


Opie...Gitchi Miigwetch for what you are doing....and for sharing it with us..
"Our true enemies, as well as our true sources of strength, lie within."

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Re: Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« Reply #22 on: September 09, 2012, 11:06:41 AM »
Thanks, friends, it is my pleasure.

Pass, I don't know the details of the court case, just that we are holding the birds until it is decided.  The person working in the Coopers/RS mew reports to the vet about any injured or sick birds, so he can follow up - he was due to arrive shortly after I left, so will know more next week.

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Re: Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« Reply #23 on: September 15, 2012, 02:50:06 PM »
Today I cleaned cages for the smaller birds, the two resident Great Horned Owls, the Barn Owl, and Hank the Red Tail Hawk who is another of the education birds.  It is VERY hot here this week, so as I was rinsing off the perches I gave each bird a chance to step into the soft spray of the hose.  The Barn Owl, our newest resident, was mantling and sending me some choice noises to let me know how I was disturbing him for most of my cleaning time, but once he got a bit of the cool spray he quieted right down and really enjoyed it.

A local falconer was called in today to help trim the beaks of JR the Harris Hawk, and Hank the Red Tail.  Their diet doesn't have enough bone or sinew like they would get in the wild, so this is done from time to time.  Hank also got new "anklets", as his old ones were a bit tight and had been removed several weeks ago.  Here is Hank after his beak trimming.





And now that he had his new ankle bracelets he got to experience a bit of the outdoors while I was scrubbing out his cage.




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Re: Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« Reply #24 on: September 15, 2012, 02:52:47 PM »
Pass, the coopers hawk was fine this week.  Apparently they are very rambunctious and get a bit crazy and run into the walls occasionally.  Michelle told me they heal very quickly.

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Re: Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« Reply #25 on: September 15, 2012, 03:10:04 PM »
wonderful pictures - what a great experience for you

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Re: Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« Reply #26 on: September 15, 2012, 03:20:58 PM »
Hank is a beauty. Did he like a little shower too? Or was he out and missed that?
beth
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Re: Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« Reply #27 on: September 15, 2012, 03:27:45 PM »
Hank had a nice shower outside :-)

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Re: Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« Reply #28 on: September 15, 2012, 04:13:49 PM »
Even better yet.  :biggrin3
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Re: Orange County Birds of Prey Center
« Reply #29 on: September 15, 2012, 04:25:57 PM »
Pass, the coopers hawk was fine this week.  Apparently they are very rambunctious and get a bit crazy and run into the walls occasionally.  Michelle told me they heal very quickly.

Good to hear, thanks Opiek. :ecsmile