Blue Mountain Wildlife had their open house this weekend. Visit their site to learn about their wonderful operation:
One of the falconers with a red-tailed hawk
It takes special federal permits to have a raptor.
Keeping them hooded keeps them calm.
One of the two golden eagles.
They had some fun musicians playing great old time tunes.
There was a great turnout including two separate photo clubs.
A falconry demonstration.
Educating the crowd about raptors.
An American Kestral
A Bald Eagle.
A red-tailed hawk.
A golden eagle in flight.
After the golden eagle grabbed the bait (chew toy).
The golden eagle and its falconer.
Some of the housing for injured birds.
A great horned owl, barn owl, red-tailed hawk, bald eagle, and two types of falcons as part of the educational display.
I left the open house and caught a little of the ending days sunlight. I found this bird in the Umatilla Forest, 40 minutes out of Pendleton.
One of my favorite places in the Umatilla National Forest.
The view during my drive.