Another day we drove out to the World Center for Birds of Prey where the focus is on their captive breeding program. We saw a few captive birds, but we all felt that staring at birds behind heavy bars just wasn't much of a thrill.
|Northern Aplomodo Falcon|
The day we drove out to Celebration Park to see the petroglyphs we saw a raptor diving in the distance and that was much more interesting than watching the captive birds wait for a door to open and the already dead food arrive. I was happy that our $21 will go to support the California Condor breeding program.
|Orange Breasted Falcon|
A better place to watch birds was the Flat Deer National Wildlife Refuge in nearby Nampa.
Just steps from the visitor center are some nesting osprey. Their website even has a nest webcam.
A little help with the identification of the bird below would be wonderful, hope Judy chimes in!
Same bird or something else? I think I'm going to need a faster zoom lens to crisper shots!
I was able to get a little closer to what I think is an adult male California Quail. I heard him calling and was able to quickly locate him. Want to hear their call? Follow this link.
On another hike I heard the song of the Western Meadowlark so close by that it startled me, and its bright yellow breast made it easy to find perched on a bush. Unfortunately the only picture I got was one at the Deer Flat NWR Visitor Center.
More about that hike next time, it was a really good one!