The World Bird Sanctuary
located near St. Louis, MO, had it's annual open house in October at it's
new Education Center. This gave me the opportunity to see many amazing and
exotic species of birds, especially raptors, which they specialize in.
Here is a portion of the pictures I took that day. I've sorted the pictures
by species. If I've misidentified anything, or made any other terrible errors,
please contact me
A rather interestingly colored bird, it was described as the "Red-Tailed
Hawk of Africa".
The largest bird in the world. I wasn't quite as filled with awe at the sight
of them as I expected. Perhaps if I saw one soaring...
of the cutest little raptors you could find.
Perching on Glove- At the flight demonstration.
Balancing While Eating- Trying to get at
Lying down- For the first
hour or so, he stayed in this position, probably rather unused to the people
Blink- He decides to flash his niciating
Standing- Finally up and about.
Patriot in front of
a flag. Makes for a rather good picture...
Back View- The back of Patriot's wings.
On Glove 1 2 3-
Another of the center's Bald Eagles. This one has had it a bit rough. Hatched
in captivity and released in Florida, he was left blinded in his left eye
by a gunshot within his first year.
Bueto Buteo, sitting on a bow perch.
Perching 1 2-
Not as colorful as the related American species, but still a wonderful small
Eurasian Eagle Owl
Perching Side Back-
A simply Massive owl, with impressive orange eyes. I'm afraid the scan dosen't
do the eye color justice.
Regally perching, the light really helped this picture.
Quarter view 1
Quarter view 2- A little bit floofy, a lot blurry.
On Glove 1 2-
Beautiful shots of the handlers with a *very* large male Golden Eagle.
Perching 1 2
Great Horned Owl
Leucocystic - Perching 1 2-
The WBS's leucocystic (near-albino) Great Horned owl. Quite a stunning sight.
Normal - Perching Front Side-
A normal Great Horned Owl.
Perching - Side Front
Leaning - This
Harris' Hawk is one of the director's falconry birds.
Perhaps the prettiest small raptor around, in competition with the American
Kestrel, I really fell in love with these African birds...
Perching - Quarter Front-
More shots of the cute little guy.
Perching 1 2-
Another African raptor, this Long-Crested Eagle was confiscated when he
was being smuggled into the country.
Close Up - One of the meanest looking raptors
around. The white dots in these on-glove pictures aren't negative dust,
for once. They're water drops.
Huh?- He looks a bit inquisitive in this
shot. He's being held here because he would get hot in the direct sun and
Looking- Another shot showing off his interesting
parrots are at the center to become a base for a breeding program.
Perching 1 2
On Glove- During
the flight demo. (They didn't fly the Peregrine)
This (blurry) picture shows off the coloring of the wings and tail.
Looking Left Right-
Another falconry bird, this Red-Tail gave me some of the best pictures,
since he was out in the open.
Front- a very blurry picture, showing off
some fluffy breast feathers.
A type of African stork, sunning themselves.
I was able to get many shots of this interesting Australian bird.
Mantling - Quarter Front
Front 2 Back Back
2- Some great shots. The back shot really shows why they're called
Perhaps he dosen't like all these pictures...
Blink!- The Wedgie displays his niciating