Carolina Raptor Center

Sept 27, 2014

I went on a short trip to Charlotte, NC.  On my way there, I could not resist stopping by the Carolina Raptor Center.

A sculptured eagle greets you at the entrance.

 

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There’s the gift shop where I bought myself a Red-tailed hawk… stuffed, of course and this guy came complete with the screech of a Red-tail!OneD (1 of 1)

The Carolina Raptor Center has many different raptors and I had so much fun just looking at them.  Photographing them was not the easiest as I could not get next to the cage… I had to stand behind the fence around each cage and the lighting was not the best.

I might have some of the names mixed up so, pardon me.  Feeding these raptors costs the center $6000 per month.

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Crested Caracara

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Not sure, I thought this was a Peregrine Falcon

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Coopers Hawk

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Merlin – this guy’s name was Han Solo

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Kestrels

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Long-eared owl – often mistaken for the Great Horned Owl.

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Screech Owl

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Ferruginous Hawk (buteo reagalis)

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Swainson’s Hawk (buteo swainsoni)

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Vulture – ‘Sadie’ is leucistic, a condition similar to albinism.  This causes her feathers to be lighter than usual.

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Owls

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Eurasian Eagle Owl

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Barred Owl.  The one on the right has only  1 good eye.

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What raptor center would be complete without the great American Bald Eagle?

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Both of these eagles have one damaged wing.

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A Golden eagle

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I didn’t get the chance to see the Ospreys and the Red-tails as the kids were getting nervous seeing snakes in the area 🙂 and wanted to leave.

Later that night, I had my eardrums blasted thru and thru with the screams of several thousand teens.

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This was another British invasion similar to one some 50 years ago.  Only this time, there were 5 and not 4 🙂

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While the music was pretty good, I gotta remind myself to stick with the birds 🙂

Ciao

 

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