I am head over heels in love with these birds. They are such beautiful and powerful predators and they still manage to look good all the time.
Birds of Prey or Raptors are set apart from other birds by more then just their stunning good looks. Raptors are carnivores, preying on other animals for food and the term "raptor" is derived from the Latin word "rapere" - meaning to seize or take by force. These birds have some wicked talons and their ability to hunt with them is what separates them from other meat eating birds.
The more I learn about these amazing creatures, the more fascinated I become. I even try to talk with them when I can. I can hoot a pretty mean Great Horned Owl call and whistle a super sexy Screech Owl call.
I have volunteered with the Central Ontario School of Falconry and with Mountsberg Raptor Centre - Conservation Halton as well as Toronto Wildlife Centre. I have met so many amazing and caring people in my quest to be with these birds. I can't put a price on the knowledge and experience these people have shared with me, and I have made friendships that will last a lifetime. Pursuing my interest in these birds has been one of the most positive experiences in my life.
I enjoy learning about these creatures and I love to pass the information along and enjoy educating others. I have led talks and outreach with Mountsberg Raptor Centre as well as contributing to offsite events. I have enjoyed participating and educating in their Owl Prowl events, and have been known to share my hoots and whistles to the Owling Calls.
...miles away from the ordinary...
Mandi Miles is a Nature, Landscape & Wildlife Photographer based out of Mississauga, ON