One of our favorite places in South Carolina is the Center for Birds of Prey just outside of Charleston in Awendaw. It’s a wonderful place full of talented and compassionate people who rehabilitate injured raptors and also educate the public about avian conservation. Cameron and I usually visit while we’re in town, taking our cameras for some fun photo opportunities during the flight demonstrations.
The featured birds included this Yellow-Billed Kite, a native of Africa, who is one of their best performers. In addition to catching treats in mid-flight, he also swoops down to retrieve pieces held by his handler, and we’ve never seen him miss and grab a finger by mistake. He wears a radio transmitter in the event he would get lost during a show, but he’s so focused and intent on his job that it’s hard to imagine him flying off. Each time we go to the center, we learn something new and return home even more impressed with the great work they do.