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Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 20 August 2014 in Animal & Insect.

Blackland Prairie Raptor Center
‘Willie’ - Common Barn Owl

Willie was found on the ground in the spring of 2002 in Dallas. The person who found her thought she needed help and took her home to raise her. Unfortunately, she was fed cat food as she developed which caused a lack of calcium in her diet. Her bones became brittle and fractures occurred in her right wing. This made her only partially flighted. Additionally, she became ‘imprinted’ on humans and now relies on them for her care.

From Blackland Prairie Raptor Center:
Blackland Prairie Raptor Center’s education birds of prey are the highlight of our outreach programming. Their purpose is to inspire our audiences to think about and actively participate in helping preserve raptors and the environment for generations to come.

Though these education ambassadors have been given names, we must respect them as wild animals. In many cases these birds will be with us for many years, and since we have more than one bird per species, we attempt to give them names that are derived from a bird’s actions or a reference to the natural history of that species. As you read their stories, remember that these birds began their lives as wild creatures and came to us after humans had a negative impact on them. It must be stressed that the birds of Blackland Prairie Raptor Center are and always will remain wild birds of prey, not pets.

All of our raptor ambassadors have come to BPRC with circumstances that make them non-releasable. Due to their injuries or conditions, they would not be able to survive on their own in the wild. They have become the ambassadors for all wild birds of prey by educating the public about the issues concerning their future.

NIKON D5000 1/350 second F/8.0 ISO 320 202 mm (35mm equiv.)

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Gorgeous bird and wonderful activities of the birds. Birds of prey are an important part of nature, as they catch other animals that cause damage.

20 Aug 2014 5:40am

claudie from le havre, France

Très jolie capture !!!!!!!!

20 Aug 2014 5:58am

michel creze from le havre, France

Elle a l'air d'être surprise qu'on puisse la photographier !!! le jeune fauconnier à l'air d'être fier d'elle !!! belle capture !

She seems to be surprised that it can be photographed !!! the young falconer air to be proud of her !!! beautiful capture!

20 Aug 2014 6:34am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

mmmm very good

20 Aug 2014 6:58am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Excellent, "c'est chouette"......:)))
Une beauté.

20 Aug 2014 7:39am

Toscana from Baden, France

Lovely story and a cute photo of friendship.
Bonne journée, Catherine

20 Aug 2014 7:45am

jean pierre from paris, France

chouette prise de vue!! amitiés

20 Aug 2014 9:26am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

great photo of the barn owl

20 Aug 2014 9:46am

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

I love those owls... I always admire them when I have the chance in an exhibition here. Impressive explanations about Willie, somewhat sad but these animals (all the animals, sometimes I think more than humans) are splendid survivors.

20 Aug 2014 9:57am

Devi from Chennai, India

wow ! So that was a T Shirt picture !!
Lovely image here..How this sweet boy must be loving birds....

20 Aug 2014 12:49pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

How unfortunate. Beautiful bird though

20 Aug 2014 12:51pm

Sonja from Wörgl, Austria

A very nice owl !

20 Aug 2014 5:30pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Such a great photo of this Owl. Beautiful!

20 Aug 2014 8:20pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice portraits!
such beautiful focus, colors & lighting!
L O V E L Y !

20 Aug 2014 9:22pm

Tim from Ft. Worth, United States

great shot! one of the "decorah" eagles that fledged at the beginning of the summer was saved and is being rehabilitated. it is a wonderful job that places like this do. i LOVE raptors!!

21 Aug 2014 3:39am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Nice double portrait. Like their attitudes.

21 Aug 2014 8:19am

1/350 second
ISO 320
202 mm (35mm equiv.)