How many times have you or your kids spied a raptor circling overhead and have just stood there with your mouth gaped open in awe of these gorgeous birds? My family is guilty of such facial expressions and as we stand there we always try to identify the bird of prey by its feathers and silhouette.
Last summer, The Kid and I attended the Raptors: Up Close and Personal show at Massanutten Resort in Virginia. The show not only gave us a plethora of information about the pretty birds but the instructor allowed us to wear a special leather glove used for birding and hold one of the beauties! This is one of my favorite pics from the raptor encounter as she was hesitant to have the falcon sit on her hand. With a little coaxing and some confidence she was acting like a pro in no time. Want to learn more about our visit to Massanutten and other summer activities? Check out my review on trekaroo here.
Falconry was considered a sport for the rich and royal hundreds of years ago and is still practiced in many countries today.
Disclosure: I was hosted by Massanutten Resort to give you fine folks the scoop on what makes it so fab for families. I was not asked to state a particular point of view and, as always, my opinions are my own!