First off were a pair of tropical birds.
The Hyacinth Macaw had great personality. It's rather an outgoing bird which seemed to be seeking attention. More subdued was the very colorful Buffin's Macaw at left. In both cases, I worked for a photo that did not show the leather jesses on their legs. You'll see it was unavoidable to see them on the birds when they were flying.
A good number of the animals are rescues that cannot be returned to the wild. Some of them are capable of breeding as is the case for their Barn Owls. If you are unfamiliar with this bird, be prepared to be dazzled.
Barn Owl adult
Barn Owl chicks
Eurasian Hawk Owl
The staff spends a large amount of each day attending to the animals needs which include exercise and nutrition. For the birds capable of flight --some cannot due to injuries-- there are daily flying sessions. We were shown several animals flying between staff members. It began with an unlikely example, a Turkey Vulture. (Suppress any negativity to accept that TV's serve a valuable role and are graceful in flight. Think of what happens in a big metropolis when the sanitation workers are on strike!)
It was a bit faster and more difficult to track and keep in focus. Good batting practice for me. It was to get better, and more challenging. This was my favorite flight demonstration.
Barn Owl launching
Streaking to the target.
While the event highlighted the birds, there were other interesting animals including a thoroughly tame North American Porcupine that kept pestering the handler, because it smelled her botanical hand lotion and wanted to find the yummy bark that it suggested. The most unusual was a juvenile Canada Lynx cub that was so tame that we could enter its enclosure to photograph at close range.
Canada Lynx cub
Best to you,