Raptors on the loose at the State Fair

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Mark Booth with red-tailed Hawk

Mark Booth with red-tailed Hawk

A huge crowd gathered for Mark Booth’s show on Raptors. No, Mark is not that guy from Jurassic Park. He is a bird expert. He brought along five of his friends- a Red-Tailed Hawk, an American Kestrel, a Great-Horned Owl, a Harris’s Hawk and a Peregrine Falcon.

In what turned out to be one of the largest crowds in the Amphitheater, the Raptors put on quite an entertaining show. It certainly wasn’t for the squeamish, however, as the Red-Tailed Hawk and the Owl each chowed down on mice that Mark had conveniently stashed in his pocket. The falcon got dinner as well, but his was chicken. If I were given the choice, I would have gone with the chicken too.

Above the amphitheater there are shades in the shape of triangles about 15 feet off the ground. Mark let the Harris’s Hawk off his arm and let him fly away to the shades above the crowd. At that point the Hawk could have actually taken off, never to be seen again, but why would he do that when he knows he has a personal chef at home, and his name is Mark.

Many people inside the DNR have taken a liking to the Peregrine Falcon. With good reason, the DNR has done tremendous work in helping out the Peregrine Falcons around the state.
– Don

Peregrine Falcon eating his chicken dinner

Peregrine Falcon eating his chicken dinner

Harris's Hawk

Harris's Hawk

Great-Horned Owl

Great-Horned Owl

American Kestrel

American Kestrel

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