Breakfast with a Hawk
This Karma, the Red Tail Hawk:
Karma should not be alive. About 3 or 4 years ago, Karma was found in the desert, in 110*F heat, all of his primary flight feathers pulled from his wings, extremely dehydrated, and unconscious. He was brought in to be rehabilitated, and after intensive recovery care, they discovered that he was suffering from some sort of spinal injury and/or nerve damage. He couldn’t fly, couldn’t perch properly, and had no chance of being released to the wild. So he became an “Education Bird” for the center.
About 8-10 months ago…Karma started taking short hops and flapping his wings and perching better. Over the last 6 months or so, he has been flying off tether over short distances, and responding to glove training and lure training.
Karma is a miracle bird. He should not even be alive, yet here he is, in all his glory, flying ever so gracefully and beautifully.
Enjoy these pictures of Karma. Mother Nature is a beautiful lover, but can be ever so cruel. This one was saved.
…Sometimes you gotta know when to shoot the picture…and when to duck…
Thanks for joining me and watching this incredible bird re-learn how to do what he is supposed to do. At the end of the day, Cindy, the head of the rehab center, invited me to join the Educational Team, and help with the reptile education…and to work with Karma. I might just have to take her up on that offer…