I rarely take pictures of non-wild animals but over the weekend I visited the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary and decided to take some images of the birds that are found there. ⠀
The Owl Sanctuary itself is a charitable organisation that focuses on the care and rehabilitation of owls and birds of prey from the local area, whilst also promoting conservation throughout the UK. The centre has its own 'raptor hospital' where sick or injured birds are treated before being re-released into the wild. The sanctuary is also home to a few non-native species that have been rescued or brought to the centre as youngsters.⠀
This individual is called Pungu and he is a bateleur eagle. Pungu arrived at the centre as a youngster having been recovered from a breeders. Bateleur eagles are native to Africa and typically feed on small reptiles, mammals or small birds such as doves or pigeons. These birds have a very distinct black plumage with red facial features and a yellow beak. Pungu happily posed for a few images for me and I captured this nice portrait. The light breeze was hitting Pungu from behind and so his dense head feathers were puffed up into an impressive crest.