11/02/2014 Raptor Domain While on Kangaroo Island visiting my good friends Liz and Scott, I was taken to Raptor Domain, “an educational, interactive and inspiring experience”. I was pleasantly surprised to witness the care and love shown to these birds, they look after raptors that have been abandoned as young ones, or whose parents have been killed, or who have been injured themselves.
This is the smallest falcon, it eats small birds, insects, bats, and small rodents. She sustained injuries to her wing and was unable to be released back into the wild because the wing never healed properly. She is able to fly around every day during displays and is gentle enough to sit on children’s gloved hands for a photo opportunity.
Wally is a Tawny Frogmouth, he was rescued after falling from his nest as a chick. Frogmouths are masters of camouflage. Wally’s cryptic plumage allows him to sit in full view of the visitors at the show without them seeing him.
Casper the friendly barn owl.
This beautiful bird hopped along the front row of knees, each individual feather is itself a wonder, soft and beautifully patterned.
The Black Breasted Buzzard is a large bird of prey.
The Buzzard will eat rabbits, large lizards, other birds and carrion. It will also raid the nests of ground-nesting birds, breaking large eggs by hurling stones against them with its large beak and then eating the contents. This was demonstrated by the on site buzzard, who was rather put out that his usual stone had been removed and he had to hop around and find another suitable one.
An orphaned kestral provides demonstrations of its speed and agility by hovering, flying and swooping over the crowd.
The Lesser Sooty Owl is part of the masked group of owls: an important part of the environment because they are efficient predators that keep down rodent populations.
Once again we saw exquisite feather patterning on super soft feathers.
A large eagle, the Sea Eagle is fairly rare, here it can be seen swallowing a whole fish.
Jedda the Wedge Tail Eagle was orphaned when young and hasn’t known a life out of captivity. An imposing bird, she was rather irritated the day we were there by another eagle circling around way above us and the handler had to keep a tight hand on her. Eagles can be very territorial and as he explained, a fight would do neither of the birds any good.
Lastly we were offered the chance to hold baby Nelly the Wedge Tail Eagle (I imagined a little fluffy thing to cuddle in the hand), above was the 22 week old that was brought out. WOW.