I ventured out to Prospect Park this last weekend for Raptorfest, an event organized by the Urban Park Rangers. It was a great opportunity to meet some beautiful birds up close.
Like this ferruginous hawk...
And this sweet rough-legged hawk.
This Harris's hawk put on a skillful display...
...by flying through this guy's arms.
Here's a familiar red-tailed hawk, and the very same Ranger Rob, who rescued our local Christodora hawk fledgling (Shaft!) from an air shaft this last June.
I liked this plucky raven.
This kestrel knows he's a superstar.
As does this gorgeous barn owl, ready for its close-up...
One of the biggest highlights was this Eurasian Eagle Owl.
There's no escaping those eyes...
But this little saw-whet owl really stole the show.
All the birds were in the care of Wildlife in Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation (WINORR). Do check out their Facebook page to see the wonderful work they do to care for sick and injured wildlife.
Thanks to the all the park rangers and volunteers who made this event happen.
And, because I am obsessed with hawk tongues...
See many more Raptorfest photos here.