On Sunday we capped off our Tucson time with a visit to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Although we’ve been there many times, it is as fresh as the first visit.
This time we made sure to see the raptor free-flight demonstration. That involves five Harris hawks flying at the same time. Harris hawks live and hunt in packs like wolves. The program is a live demonstration of their hunting. The five hawks circle the desert arroyo, landing on cacti and going to any one of the many handlers scattered around the edge of the audience. It isn’t choreographed and the birds fly where they want, but are trained to go to the handlers for snacks. The snacks are quail and mouse bits. Jean capture many fine pictures of the hawks. Here are a few.