I would not want to be the focus of this owl’s gaze! Pity the poor mouse. (Actually, it wasn’t a mouse, it was a morsel of meat the owl’s handler would place on a stump.) This is another bird from the Alice Springs Desert Park.
I visited Alice Springs Desert Park a couple of weeks ago and saw some amazing demonstrations of free flying birds. The Hobby is a type of falcon, very swift and agile, and I was thrilled to get a fairly well focused shot of it swooping down, every feather clearly visible.
Another impressive bird display involved a juvenile Black Breasted Buzzard. These birds are known for their ability to use stones to crack open eggs, including the very large, thick-shelled, green eggs of emus. At the park, the buzzards open imitation eggs with meat inside.
Here, the bird has both wings outstretched for balance.