Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Second Chance

"A Second Chance"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 
This Screech Owl looks normal from the side view, but he was given a second chance at life thanks to Callaway Gardens.  This bird and many others are part of the Birds of Prey Show at Callaway Gardens.
This owl received a head injury, and the right tuft feathers are missing.  People mistake these feathers as ears.  His ears are on the side of his head.
Click here for another photo from the Birds of Prey Show on my blog.
I found a little info about Callaway Gardens Birds of Prey Show on the internet:

"Callaway Gardens’ Birds of Prey program is presented with the permission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Since its debut in 2000, the program has helped educate more than 1 million visitors about man’s impact on raptors and other forms of wildlife. These magnificent creatures – which cannot be released into the wild, due either to injury or having developed an unnatural association with humans, known as “imprinting” – demonstrate their strength, speed and natural instincts in daily free-flighted shows. Several birds appear at each show, swooping overhead and giving guests an up-close look“on the glove,” while our raptor experts explain how man’s actions affect their wellbeing." 

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