"That path no bird knows, nor has the falcon's eye seen it." Job 28:7

Gyrfalcon-(Falco rusticolus)

My latest experience in birding took place at the Peregrine Fund, World Center for Birds of Prey, which is located in Boise, Idaho.

This is a Gyrfalcon. The falconers brought it out so we could see it fly freely. They used a lure with real bait stuffed inside and the bird had to catch it to get its reward, as in the wild. I only caught a couple of images in flight, as it all happens so fast. There's not much of a chance, because when the bird catches the lure, it's game over. This bird actually missed it the first time, so I did get a second try. The speed and agility of this bird is amazing, as is its pattern & coloring. We were also treated to the flight of an American Kestrel and a Peregrine Falcon which I will put in separate galleries.

It was such a wonderful experience being able to see this. The flight displays are going on through the end of October if you're in the area. Call for times.

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