Monday, July 13, 2009
Box Hill Village Fair 2009
As the weather has turned more manageable again, I decided to drag the family to the nearby Box Hill Village Fair. This annual event featured some interesting activities, including Birds of Prey Demonstration and the always-anticipated Dog Show.
I suppose there were about 50 vendors of all varieties at the fair, too. It all made for an enjoyable day out as a family, and we all were a little bit sunburned when we came home.
We got there just in time to see a demonstration of the birds of prey, featuring Honey, a European Eagle Owl, which some say is the largest of all the owls. Even though it looks huge next to the other birds of prey, this particular owl, Honey, weighs between 3 and 5 pounds only! Goes to show you how powerful and strong, yet light, bird bones are.
I thought you would enjoy some photos of Honey and her handler. Yes, one of the photos shows Honey with a chick hanging from her mouth. This is the real world after all!
Not a bird of prey, but I had to attach a photo of the ever-growing Branduff, who reluctantly allowed me to take this photo. You can tell how enthused he is by his warm smile. LOL! Teens will be teens.
This weekend, we also managed to catch another elusive bird in our camera lens, although this one is much more placid! The Ringed-Neck Parakeet is such a beautiful green parrot with a lovely elegant tail.
I've learned to recognize the call as they fly overhead; we have at least five living in our neighborhood. However, they rarely come into to feed on our feeding station. Amazingly, we had two of them come to munch and investigate in our back garden on Saturday afternoon.
Unfortunately, the starlings are so annoying that they wouldn't give the poor parrots any peace, and they flew off after 10 minutes or so. During that time, I was able to snap some photos at a distance; hence, the graininess of the image. Still well worth the effort!