Magnificent and Proud Bird of Prey - a portrait of Banham's Bald Eagle
The magnificent Bald Eagle - who one earth could fail to be impressed by this majestic creature?
I saw this particular beautiful Bald Eagle fly yesterday during the the Birds of Prey display at Banham Zoo, Norfolk, UK - the sister wildlife park to Africa Alive (another fabulous UK zoo, also located in East Anglia, but in Suffolk). It really was spectacular and the Bird of Prey display, while entertaining, was also thoroughly enlightening - the handler was excellent.
It was a great opportunity to really test out my new Sony A7 camera - and right now I am in the process of editing the photos I took during my visit (these are the first ones I've edited). If you like these Bald Eagle photos, just wait until you see the ones I got of the vultures, the African Barn Owl, and other birds and wildlife. Will try to post them soon.
In the meantime, here are some Bald Eagle facts (courtesy of the folks from Banham Zoo):
Of course, for some, seeing any animal in a zoo is never going to be OK. I would (like many people) much rather see these birds (and other wildlife) doing their thing freely in their natural habitats. However, zoos such as Banham - which is part of the registered charity Zoological Society of East Anglia - do a fabulous job all in the name of conservation and education.
Not all zoos are bad and, while I too struggle when I see animals in their zoo enclosures, I always try to remember the great work also being done in their names. And for the record, I'll always speak out too if I fear any zoo is not up to standard and is simply exploiting any animal for money. Banham Zoo certainly does not seem to come into that category I am very glad to say.
I can heartily recommend a visit - whatever your age!
Right I better get back to editing those other photos - Bird of Prey display pics here I come. Have a good evening everyone x
PS. In case you are wondering, yes that is fake grass he's perched on in the top pic!
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