Beautiful and Intriguing Raptors

Beautiful and Intriguing Raptors
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Raptors are beautiful and intriguing creatures, the epitome of wildness and freedom; their very existence adds quality to our lives. These photos were taken of birds that are residents of The Raptor Trust.

The Raptor Trust is one of the premier wild bird rehabilitation centers in the United States. It is recognized as a national leader in the fields of raptor conservation and avian rehabilitation. These birds have sustained injuries that make their release back into the wild impossible.


This red-tailed hawk, called Pepe, is a resident of The Raptor Trust, a bird rehabilitation center in New Jersey. Red-tailed hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) live in more habitats (forests, prairies, fields, meadows and deserts) than any other raptor, Pepe was hit by a vehicle and sustained a compound humeral fracture in the left wing, which was pinned. She never regained flight. Her sight in her left eye was also compromised. She is one of the premiere educational birds in the facility.


This red-tailed hawk, called Pepe, is a resident of The Raptor Trust, a bird rehabilitation center in New Jersey. Red-tailed hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) live in more habitats (forests, prairies, fields, meadows and deserts) than any other raptor, Pepe was hit by a vehicle and sustained a compound humeral fracture in the left wing, which was pinned. She never regained flight. Pepe got her name because, in addition to being injured, she had been sprayed by a skunk (which was probably her prey).


Another picture of Pepe, a red-tailed hawk. Red-tailed hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) live in more habitats (forests, prairies, fields, meadows and deserts) than any other raptor, Pepe was hit by a vehicle and sustained a compound humeral fracture in the left wing, which was pinned. She never regained flight. Her sight in her left eye was also compromised. She is one of the premiere educational birds in the facility.


Zizi is an American Kestrel (Falco sparverius). The kestrel is the smallest and most common falcon in North America. Zizi had been kept illegally by someone in New York City. Due to being feed the wrong food in captivity, her feathers were brittle and did not grow in correctly. She is a feisty little bird and one of the favorites in the educational program.


Ollie is an American Kestrel (Falco sparverius). Ollie was found in Brooklyn, NY and was being kept illegally. When he arrived at the facility, he was put in with the other wild kestrels that were being cared for at the time, but never developed any natural fear of humans.


Another picture of Ollie, an American Kestrel (Falco sparverius). Ollie was found in Brooklyn, NY and was being kept illegally. When he arrived at the facility, he was put in with the other wild kestrels that were being cared for at the time, but never developed any natural fear of humans.


This Eastern Screech Owl (Megascops asio) is Sylvie. Screech owls prefer open woodland terrain and can live in rural suburbs and city parks. Sylvie was found on a lawn, possibly caught by a dog or cat. She had a mid-shaft humeral fracture in her right wing, which was pinned. She never fully recovered and has no sustainable flight. Due to her small size, she is an audience favorite at educational programs.


The barn owl (Tyto alba) is the most widely distributed species of owl, and one of the most widespread of all birds. Nina was displaced from the nest as a chick, as she was the youngest and smallest. As the medical staff was concerned for her survival, they feed her and she developed an imprint on humans.


Another picture of Nina, a barn owl (Tyto alba), who was displaced from the nest as a chick, is a very calm bird and has been known to fall asleep in front of the crowd during educational programs. Barn owls are strictly nocturnal and have the best hearing of any owl species. Barn owls are found almost everywhere in the world except polar and desert regions.


This peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) is Hampton. She lost her right eye due to an impact injury, which leaves her unable to hunt for food. The peregrine is renowned for its speed, reaching over 200 mph during its dive, making it the fastest member of the animal kingdom. Peregrine falcons are large, crow-sized raptors.


Another peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) is Georgette. Named for her birth place, the George Washington Bridge in New York City, her and her sibling fell out of the nest high atop the steel structure of the bridge. Her sibling perished, but she survived. She sustained a proximal humeral fracture and a scapula fracture. She did not regain flight ability. The peregrine falcon is one you see nesting on skyscrapers in large cities.


The Barred Owl (Strix varia) is also called a Hoot Owl. This owl is Sonny. He was found on the ground after falling out of the nest. He had a humeral fracture and the wing was set, but his flight ability was compromised. Barred owls are nocturnal inhabitants of deep woods and swamps. They nest in tree cavities and are currently on the threatened species list in New Jersey due to habitat loss.

All photographs in this slideshow are © Gay Raab. All rights reserved. Please contact Gay here if you wish to license any of these images. View more great photography from Gay here.

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