Seeing wild, uninjured Bald Eagles was a pretty easy thing at this year's MBS - I saw at least one flying high in the sky every day that I was up there. The Back to Wild folks brought 2 Baldies with them this year.
There's no denying that Bald Eagles are regal and majestic-looking. Sadly, their voice doesn't quite match up to their appearance and reputation (the long "KEEEEEEEeeeeer" sound you hear dubbed in the movies when a Bald Eagle flies over is actually the call of a Red-tailed Hawk!), but we did get to hear one of their 2 Bald Eagles vocalize a little bit. That was the first time I had heard that in person. As luck would have it, the next day I heard that vocalization yet again, only this time from a wild Bald Eagle flying overhead as a group of us was walking through the woods. That was pretty cool!
At the other end of the size spectrum was the smallest raptor on display, this cute little Saw-whet Owl.
These itty-bitties are pint-sized compared to the Eagle. There's nothing in this photo to give you a sense of scale, but I bet this owl is smaller than your head.
"This is my good side!" says the wee owl.
As enamored as I was with the Saw-whet (I would have loved to take him home in my pocket), I was also quite enchanted with this Peregrine Falcon.
This is what a Peregrine looks like when you catch him mid-floof.
Time for a little stretch.
Want to see raptors like this up close and personal? Then you should pre-register for the 2013 Midwest Birding Symposium, which will once again be held in Lakeside, September 19-22. Click HERE to pre-register. C'mon, you know you want to!