Part of my Annual Callaway Gardens Photography Workshop is attending the extraordinary Birds of Prey program. This is a great opportunity to the learn camera settings and techniques to capture these fast moving raptors and more importantly, raising raptor awareness.
Eastern screech owls are small, nocturnal creatures. Here is a picture of Gandalf, a screech owl who is part of the Birds of Prey program and is blind in one eye. Gandalf came to Callaway after being struck by a vehicle while eating food along the side of the road. The food was likely thrown out the window of a car. The accident resulted in nerve damage and loss of vision on one side, making him non-releasable.
Callaway Gardens’ Birds of Prey program is presented with the permission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Since its debut in 2000, the program has helped educate more than 1 million visitors about man’s impact on raptors and other forms of wildlife.
The birds in this show – which cannot be released into the wild, due either to injury or having developed an unnatural association with humans, known as “imprinting” – demonstrate their strength, speed, and natural instincts. During the show, raptor experts explain how man’s actions affect their wellbeing and how each of us can do our part to help these magnificent birds.
If you would like to improve your skills by photographing these birds and all the springtime beauty Callaway Gardens has to offer, please consider joining us next April for my 5th Annual Callaway Gardens Photography Workshop.