A rapture of raptors

I didn’t expect to go birdwatching at the ArtsFest in downtown Stuart yesterday, but Treasure Coast Wildlife Center brought some rescued raptors to a pavilion in Memorial Park. And what birds to watch they were!

Here are┬ásome closeup “portraits” with my Canon SX60.


Barn Owl is (charmingly) nocturnal.


Great Horned Owl wins the staring contest.


This Peregrine Falcon is retired from falconry, I learned.


Red-shouldered Hawk is a forest hunter. They look a lot like Broad-winged Hawks and the Florida native version is lighter in color. I wonder if I am confusing my local hawks, since Broad-winged are rarer around here.


Crested Caracara is wicked cool. A new bird for me.


Red-tailed Hawk is fiercely beautiful.