When the owl stepped back on the leather glove, was nervous. 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 hold and gentle on the glove. His title was Twilight.
Together, Twilight and I stood ready for our photo as this has been one of my dreams that has come true, and I was so grateful. I have 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 really special experience.
Owls have a special way about them. They peer into you and when they have taken your step, I am not sure that anyone will ever be able to forget an experience.
I watched as Twilight patiently had his photo taken with people at the event and, at times, refused to examine the camera because something or somebody had captured his attention.
The series began, after the photos were all taken. It was it’s kind in Queensland’s Owl show to be held in the evening. Jason, the Raptor Vision proprietor asked everyone to be quiet when the owls were brought by him out as this was their first time doing the show in front of a live audience.
They introduced four adult owls – an Australian Masked Owl two Barn Owls and a Barking Owl and one 27 day. On stopping poisoning we learned about points as well as environmental and habitat conservation.
It was a great night and a chance of a lifetime to maintain an owl and maintain the presence of these amazing birds of prey.
During the series, the owl handlers had the owl flights are participated in by members of the audience. These people set the leather glove to safeguard their hands and the owl handler called to the owl which flew over the crowd and landed on the individual’s outstretched hand.
That would have been a really special experience for all those people.
Jason had Talon, the female Australian Masked Owl, catch’prey.’ It wasn’t an animal, but Talon and a stuffed toy was rewarded to encourage her to discharge her talons.
Talon flew in and took out her prey so fast, it was hard to see, as she caught it, but you could hear the thump. This was actually worth going along to the event to see.
The Barking Owl, Eclipse, came out and’woofed’ not when Jason asked her to at the crowd when she felt like it. It was funny and adorable.
We heard that an owl disc is where sound waves that funnel up into their offset ears are captured by it.
After their prey has been pinpointed by an owl, they fly without taking their eyes off the exact point of the target. At the very minute, the pull on their wings back behind their body, push their talons forward and close their eyes. That is the moment that their prey is killed. We were told that owls get their prey every time because of 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 fights back. It is for protection.”
It was a excellent evening with owls and I am looking forward to the next time that this opportunity comes my way.