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THE BIRDS OF PREY IN COALDALE ALBERTA


Thursday, August 30, 2012

ON WEDNESDAY WE DROVE OUT TO LETHBRIDGE TO VISIT LEN'S 91 YEAR OLD AUNT AND TAKE HER ALONG WITH MY FRIEND BIRTHE TO THE BIRDS OF PREY IN COALDALE WHICH IS JUST 15 MINUTES WEST. THEY RESCUE BIRDS AS WELL AS HAVE A BREEDING PROGRAM FOR BURROWING OWLS. THEY ARE DOING VERY WELL WITH THAT PROGRAM AND HAVE BEEN ABLE TO RELEASE A LOT TO THE WILD.

WHEN WE ENTERED THE BUILDING WE WERE GREETED BY BASIL A THREE MONTH OLD BURROWING OWL. BOY DID HE HAVE PERSONALITY. THEN WE GOT TO SEE ANOTHER LITTLE ONE WHO DOESN'T HAVE A NAME YET AND HE WAS ONLY 3 WEEKS. HE WAS DOWN IN A TUB AND DUE TO MY DECREASED MOBILITY WAS HARD TO GET DOWN TO GET A PICTURE BUT I TRIED.

THEY HAD TWO FLY BYES WHILE WE WERE THERE THE FIRST WAS A HARRIS HAWK
I AM NOT SURE IF YOU CAN SEE IT BUT SHE HAS LITTLE BITS OF CHICKEN IN HER GLOVE AND OF COURSE THAT IS WHY THE HAWK COMES BACK. HE FLIES 4 TIMES TO DIFFERENT PERCHES. SHE SAID THEY HAVE TO KEEP THEM HUNGRY ENOUGH TO FLY OTHERWISE THEY WOULD JUST KEEP ON GONG.

THE SECOND ONE WAS A BALD EAGLE. THEY ARE SUCH MAJESTIC BIRDS I LOVE THEM. YOU DON'T GET TO APPRECIATE THE SIZE TIL YOU GET TO SEE ONE UP CLOSE.

I GOT A FEW SHORT VIDEOS AND WILLTRY TO SEE IF I CAN DO A VIDEO BLOG BUT NOT SURE IF I CAN.

WE VISITED THE EAGLE ENCLOSURE GOT SOME GREAT VIDEO OF THEM HAVING SHOWERS AS IT WAS 32 CELCIUS AND THEY HAD TO COOL THEM DOWN

THE OWL ENCLOSURE WAS REALLY NEAT TOO.

LEN GIVING ONE OF THE BIRDS A SHOWER

WE ALL GOT TO HOLD A BURROWING OWL. WE COULD HAVE HELD A BARN OWL HOWEVER FELT IT MIGHT BE TO BIG FOR MY AUNT. YOU WILL NOTICE MAYBE THAT THE FRONT OF MY SHIRT IS WET. I WAS SO HOT I KEPT GOING INTO THE WASHROOM AND POURING WATER OVER MY HEAD AND DOWN THE FRONT OF MY SHIRT. A GIRLS GOT TO DO WHAT A GIRLS GOT TO DO. LEN'S AUNT NEL HOLDING THE OWL WE THEN WENT AND FEED THE GEESE. TANTE NEL ( AUNT NEL) ENJOYED THE OTHER BIRDS MORE AS THEY WERE MUCH QUIETER THAN THE GEESE AND I HAD TO AGREE. THESE LAST FEW PICTURES JUST SHOW SOME OF THE GROUNDS. IT HAS REALLY CHANGED SINCE WE WERE THERE 8 YEARS AGO.

I HOPE YOU ENJOY THE PICTURES.
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FIREFLY_MEDIC 10/6/2012 1:40AM

    amazing pictures

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THESLIMMERME1 9/3/2012 1:24PM

    emoticon emoticon another gem of a place to visit some day.
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JOSHWATS 9/1/2012 8:25PM

    Great pictures Oma. I love the idea that you get to hold some of the birds.

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SUNNYDAZE9 8/31/2012 10:49PM

    Loved the pictures. The birds are so majestic. Thanks for sharing.

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WETMAC 8/31/2012 2:10PM

    AS EVER WHAT A SUPERB BLOG AND THE PICTRUES WERE FANTASTIC. WHAT A WONDERFUL PARK IT IS THAT THESE BIRDS LIVEIN AND I CAN SEE THAT OYU ALL HADA GREAT DAY OUT. ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. THANK YOU.

MAC

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BIBS4664 8/31/2012 1:53PM

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing. MY DH is a hiker and helper in a nature preserve. He held a golden eagle in his hands and it was wonderful...no camera though. I am originally from Coaldale Pa....love that name!!! Glad you kept cool.

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TATTER3 8/31/2012 6:50AM

    Love this!

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ALIHIKES 8/30/2012 7:46PM

    Wow great photos. What a wonderful sight to see!

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SHERRY666 8/30/2012 6:52PM

    LOVE ALL THE PICTURES OMA.......... YOU GOT SOME REAL GOOD CLOSE UPS TOO........ WOW TALK ABOUT HOT...... I CAN CERTAINLY REMEMBER THE DAY WE WENT ON OUR LITTLE HIKE....... I WOULD HAVE BEEN JUMPING IN THE WATER WITH THE GEESE........ THANKS FOR SHARING.. emoticon

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BONDMANUS2002 8/30/2012 5:59PM

  great

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