Was nervous once the owl stepped back onto the leather glove. The bird handler, Dave, simply said,”step backwards,” and the beatufiul barn owl place one claw back and then the other. He was so light to gentle and hold on the glove. His title was Twilight.
He was a hit with the people who’d come to see An Evening with Owls, hosted by Raptor Vision on the Sunshine Coast over the Easter break.
Twilight and I stood ready for our photograph and I was thankful as this was one of my greatest dreams that has come true. I’ve always loved owls, but I never thought I would actually have the ability to hold one!
This was one I will not forget and a very special experience.
Owls have a way about them. They peer to you and once they’ve taken your measure, I am not sure that anyone would ever be able to overlook an experience.
I watched as Twilight had his photograph taken with people in the event and, occasionally, refused to examine the camera because something or somebody had captured his attention in a different direction.
The show began, after the photos were taken. It was the first Owl show of it’s kind in Queensland . The Raptor Vision owner asked everyone to be quiet when he brought out the owls as this was their first time performing the show in front of raccoon removal near me.
They introduced four adult owls – an Australian Masked Owl two Barn Owls and a Barking Owl and one 27 day owlet. We learned about important points as well as environmental and habitat conservation on quitting poisoning.
It was a chance of a lifetime be in the presence of these awesome birds of prey and to hold an owl and a great night.
During the series, the owl handlers had members of the audience take part in the owl flights. These lucky people put the leather glove on to protect their hands and the owl handler called to the owl that flew over the audience and landed on the individual’s outstretched hand.
That would have been a really special experience for all those people.
Jason had the female Masked Owl, Talon, grab’prey.’ Talon and a stuffed toy was rewarded with a tasty treat to encourage her to discharge her talons from the toy, although it was not an animal.
Talon took her out prey so fast and flew in, it was hard to see, as she captured it but you could hear the thump. This was worth going along to the event to see.
Eclipse, the Barking Owl, came out and’woofed’ not when Jason asked her to, in the crowd when she felt like it. It was funny and cute.
Dave and jason discussed how an owl can pinpoint the heartbeat of a rodent with ease just. We learned where it captures sound waves that funnel up into their ears that were counter that an owl disk is.
They fly without taking their eyes once an owl has pinpointed their prey. At the last moment, the close their eyes, pull their wings right back and push their talons forward. That is the moment that their prey is instantly killed. We were advised that owls get their prey every time due to their expert hunting skills.
Kids asked,”why do they shut their eyes?”
And Dave said,”because it prevents them from getting injured if their prey struggles. It’s for protection.”
I am looking forward to the next time and it was a excellent evening with owls this opportunity comes my way.