Susan and Maikel were kind enough to give us tickets to the Sonoran Desert Museum; it's just up the road a couple of miles from our camps at Gilbert Ray. So yesterday, after my dental appointment with a wet-behind-the-ears kid one month out of school... ink still wet on his diploma... (squirm) we attended the 2 pm Raptor show. That particular afternoon featured four species, a Barn Owl, four Harris Hawks, a Peregrine Falcon and Grey Hawk.
The show felt natural and realistic in the museum's lush desert environment, once you get used to a coupe hundred seniors scrunched together so close you could tell what they had for lunch. To a bird, the flyovers were dramatic; inches above our heads at speeds that would get you a ticket on I-10. This was especially true for the Peregrine Falcon, which literally dive-bombs their prey at speeds up to 240 mph! If the impact doesn't make the "kill," their powerful talons do the rest.
During our show, several birds went after natural prey on the ground; a feathers flying death scene that the trainer reassured us was just birds doing what birds do, surviving. It was a great show with ideal photo ops and I highly recommend going, especially if somebody gives you free tickets :) Thanks Wiseone's.
On another note, I am pleased to announce that Ouray's Tourism organization has asked to use my photos of Lovely Ouray and its (our) "Backyard" for promotion of what the town/area has to offer visitors. Apparently someone in the office found the Box Canyon Blog! Here is a link to their website that features three of my photos at the top of the page. Their website is a great "bookmark" for anyone wanting to know what's going on in the area, so use it often and leave comments :)).
I'm also including a link to my last column for the Ouray County Plaindealer Newspaper. (actually, there may be a couple under "Columns"). You may recognizes the theme, as I built it around the core of my Organ Pipe Rant post from a few weeks ago. I'll try to put both of these links up on my sidebar... eventually.
Hope you enjoy the raptor photos. Mark