From today at the Arizon-Sonora Desert Museum (in Tucson, AZ)
And yes, it's the COOLEST PLACE EVER (& less than $15!).
All raptor shots taken during the Raptor Free Flight show.
blooming ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) in background.
Apparently Harris's hawks frequently hunt in packs (2 or 3 family members).
By the way, on sheer looks alone, I decided years ago this was my favorite hawk.
Now that I know they hunt cooperatively, they're not just another pretty face. =)
It was about 10 minutes after we saw this individual
move to its more cave-like location
that I realized that during its entire route,
it didn't make a single sound.
SO good at what they do.
And anything that can survive Homo sapiens impresses me.
What you don't want to see, stumbling in the dark toward the bathroom at 3 a.m.:
These were all exciting, beautiful, complex, amazing creatures.
I feel SO privileged that I got to see them so closely.
Today was a fabulous day!