Yesterday we had the good fortune to attend Bridger Raptor Fest which is held at the Bridger Ski Resort. I put in a scenic so that you can see the gorgeous landscape we were surrounded by. Not only was this the first year that it was not freezing cold and raining, but it was also the first year we were able to go on the nature hike. It was a wonderful experience and left me feeling in awe of the planet that we live on. I want to go back and hike up the trail in the summer time. We barely started on the hike when we had to turn around. I'd say we probably went a couple of miles, but the trail goes on into the forest, and I'm curious to see what kind of creatures inhabit it.
The middle photos are some of the raptors that the Montana Raptor Conservation Center brings along. They have them for display during the festival. They also do talks and bring along birds for those as well. Mainly its a way to educate the public about how some of the birds end up injured or come to be rescued. How they live in the wild. What kind of bird is which. What they eat. It's really cool. And the kids always have a blast.
Along with the Conservation Center, other organizations have exhibits there as well. Montana Outdoor Science School, Yellowstone Park, Museum of the Rockies. So it's definitely a must do event for those of us who love the outdoors and like to learn about nature.
Then there was the icing on the cake. On the way home, we saw a Bald Eagle perched on a telephone pole. We pulled into someone's driveway, and I went along the ditch to get a closer shot. No such luck. I got distracted by the meal it was eyeing. I scared it off with my loud shutter click. Next time I'll remember, live animal first, dead animal second.
|Bridger Mountain Range|
|Red-Tailed Hawk: Looks like he's reminiscing about flying.|
|Great Horned Owl|
|Golden Eagle Silhouette|
|Perched Bald Eagle Eyeing a Meal|
|Could this be the meal in question?|
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