Monday, April 4, 2011

Audubon Center for Birds of Prey


This barred owl had so much personality. The trainer would talk to him and he would look at her with these amazing expressions.


Injured hawk was recouping outside.


Female american kestrel was a permanent resident.


A male kestrel.


This little screech owl is missing an eye.


Barn owls in their home at the center.


The eagle above has a twisted beak.

After my stop at Gatorland in Orlando, I decided to drive north to visit the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland. It was just outside of downtown Orlando. I had read so many articles about injured eagles and other birds being taken there that I wanted to see the place. There's a handful of large enclosures for permanent residents. In the back you see the even larger flight rehab buildings but you cannot go in those buildings. They don't want the recuperating birds exposed to visiting humans which makes sense. The place sits on a small lake and you can walk on a boardwalk out over the lake to a small covered dock. It was nice sitting out there resting for a while. These guys stay busy helping injured birds. Stop by there if you are ever in Orlando. 


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13 comments:

  1. My niece interned for a semester at a rehab center in Wisconsin and got to handle and medicate and feed many of those same birds. Really wonderful efforts made by these places. :)

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  2. I hate to see wildlife injured or living in captivity, but I am glad there are people who look after them. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  3. Lovely pictures -- they do excellent work at those rehab centers. (I've never been to this one and its yet another thing to add to our "visit the rest of Florida" file.)

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  4. Your photos are great. It is very hard for me to see injured animals, but at least I know that these rehab centres are doing great job!!!

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  5. I agree with Gary but I understand how valuable these rescue and rehab centres are to all our injured wildlife.

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  6. Great photos of all the Birds of Prey - but sad to see so many injured.

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  7. Great post! I'm deeply in love with Owls:)

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  8. A lovely post its lovely to hear they are being well looked after. Lovely images.

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  9. Great birds...I used to volunteer at a place such as this one, I did that for 2 years its a lot of work and they can always use an extra hand!!

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  10. Wow, what GREAT photos! The barred owls have moved across the country and are now horning in on our spotted owl habitat out here in the Pacific Northwest. (Still love the photo, tho! ;o)

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  11. Thanks for taking us on a tour of this rehab center. Your photos are heart rendering. I visited the shorebird rehab in Sarasota and was simularily impressed with the caring folks that worked with those birds.
    I still can't get over your header photo and hey, the swans of Lakeland are gorgeous!

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  12. You can now follow the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/AudubonCenterforBirdsofPrey

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