Staring Into the Eyes of a Hawk with @floatingfeather
To see more fiercely beautiful raptors, follow @floatingfeather on Instagram.
“You can disappear into the fire and magic of the eyes of a hawk,” says Mike Shaw of HawkWatch International (@floatingfeather). He would know: The non-profit organization leads regular wildlife trips in Nevada, where visitors can come face-to-face with apex predators. Recently, Mike took a high school class to a hawk migration site located on a steep, windswept bridge. “The students got to the top, some close to tears, and immediately wanted to go home—until hawks started zipping past their heads,” he says. “Suddenly, they never wanted to leave.”
HawkWatch’s Instagram features piercing, up-close-and-personal photos of hawks and other birds of prey, with one goal in mind: inspiration. “It would be great if a picture prompts someone to turn their eyes to the sky for a couple of minutes a day, to put up a nest box, to volunteer somewhere,” he says. “Or to just realize how fiercely beautiful raptors are.”
Would love to do this in Nevada!
Cockatoos are the best worst pet you can have. Like having a 3 year old on crack with a weapon on their face.
Cockatoos: You probably don’t want one.
I know a gal with a gorgeous salmon-crested— she spends at least 5+ hours a day with him, and has had him for 8 years and raised him from a baby. He loves her so much and trusts her a LOT; I’ve seen her hold him like a baby and he loves it. She is extremely knowledgable about her bird’s needs and wants, and respects him, and puts huge amounts of work into keeping him happy.
This is not a low maintenance pet by any measure. I put hours a day into my bird’s care, and my bird is less than 10% of a cockatoo’s size. He can still bite chunks out of me with his tiny beak, imagine an angry cockatoo with a beak meant to crack massive nuts open.
Her bird can be very mellow (like just the sweetest thing) but I bet he has his days where he can be harder to handle, but his owner puts amazing amounts of effort into his care and she gets a lot in return.
That said, gorgeous lovely goofy birds. They weigh enough that having one of my arm makes my muscles sore after a minute. Also they can very easily bite your finger off if they want to. As an avid bird-lover, even I wouldn’t want to have one.
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