Join the fun on September 13th for the fall’s first lecture and get a close-up look at some fascinating birds. The folks at Wildlife Revealed will present Birds of Prey and thrill the audience with a flight demonstration featuring vultures, hawks, falcons and owls. Enjoy an evening outdoors at the Amphitheater at the Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park and get ready to be amazed.
Birds of prey, also known as raptors, include several species of bird that are carnivorous. They embody the seemingly opposing qualities of both grace and power—their very name comes from the Latin word rapere, meaning to seize or take by force. While many birds are carnivorous, the raptors are set apart by their:
- Keen eyesight
- Powerful, curved talons
- Hooked beaks
Yet all raptors are not created equal. Each type of raptor has its very own unique features:
Vultures. They almost always have featherless heads, which help reduce infection when feeding on carrion, their usual diet.
Hawks. There’s a reason they are the root of the saying, “Watch like a hawk.” Their vision is eight times greater than our own.
Eagles. These guys are BIG with a wingspan ranging from six to eight feet. And their nests are no small matter either. They can measure up to six feet wide and weigh 100 pounds.
Falcons. Falcons are easy to differentiate from other hawks by the distinct stripes below their eyes. They are the most acrobatic of the raptors and can fly at incredible speeds.
The Peregrine Falcon is the world’s fastest bird, flying a whopping 240 miles an hour.
Kites. They appear falcon-like, but have distinctive tails that, like their wings, are long and pointed.
Owls. These nocturnal predators have eyes that are fixed in their sockets—in order to take in their surroundings they have to turn their heads. And most can up to 270 degrees.
Make this a great night out and join the fun.
Walk in the Woods, Birds of Prey
September 13, 2018
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Recreation Center Amphitheater at Rob Fleming Park
This event is free.
Registration is required.
To learn more about Houston-area birds including raptors, download Houston Audubon Society’s Common Birds of Houston guide.
Learn more about owls at Houston Audubon Society’s Owl Prowls.