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Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 21 August 2014 in Animal & Insect.

Blackland Prairie Raptor Center
‘Orion’ - Red-tailed Hawk shows his wings
Orion was found by the side of the road unable to fly. He was taken to a raptor rehabilitator who discovered he had two broken wings. Unfortunately they could not be repaired well enough for him to be released. He was transferred to BPRC in late 2009 and has settled in well meeting the public.

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/13.0 ISO 320 225 mm (35mm equiv.)

Focales from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Beautiful scale

21 Aug 2014 6:56am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I do like the story behind this . .

21 Aug 2014 8:58am

Toscana from Baden, France

Quel dommage tous ces beaux oiseaux blessés, souvent par des voitures ou des lignes électriques .
Bonne journée, amitiés, Catherine

21 Aug 2014 11:13am

Devi from Chennai, India

Lovely image....and a beautiful narration..Thank you B :)

21 Aug 2014 11:39am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

excellent shot

21 Aug 2014 12:49pm

jean pierre from paris, France

superbe oiseaux! amitiés

21 Aug 2014 1:17pm

Bruce from Tacoma, United States

Great photo and I like the written presentation. Adds to the enjoyment.

21 Aug 2014 2:47pm

michel creze from le havre, France

Beautiful !

21 Aug 2014 7:59pm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Gorgeous bird

22 Aug 2014 6:09am

L'angevine from Angers, France


22 Aug 2014 7:07am

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