Suz and I didn't have much time on our last morning in Florida and thought we would visit a bird rescue non-profit called Save our Seabirds or S.O.S. that was close by our hotel. Seabirds in the Florida peninsula face many new and evolving challenges since mankind has made his imprint so firmly in the last one hundred and fifty years. What happens to a bird that is hit by a car or becomes tangled in mono-filament fishing line? Maybe a bird is clobbered by a golf ball and its leg is shattered. The scenarios are endless and the threat of oil spill disasters seems to be an event that must be preplanned for even while we hope it never occurs again. S.O.S. is a organization that rescues injured birds and rehabilitates them back into the wild if that becomes possible. They also train volunteers in the skill of cleaning oil saturated water fowl.
Picture taking was an odd experience here because their confines were built from fencing that had a small grid. You'll notice the patterned shadows often. I was able to step back a couple of paces and focus sharply on the subjects and make the fencing disappear. It was either that or jam my lens up to the fence. This group of Red shouldered Hawks sun themselves as they rehab.
This Black Vulture was hit by a car and can not fly well enough to survive in the wild.
"Unfortunately," the sign reads,"Sandhill Cranes inhabit areas which used to be open meadows but which are now golf courses and shopping centers. They are frequently hit by golf balls and cars resulting in leg and wing fractures. SOS developed leg prostheses for these birds and is presently working with a world renowned prosthetic designer, Kevin Carroll, to improve the prostheses so they are more comfortable and don't require replacement as often."
Suzanne and I made a donation on behalf of World Bird Wednesday and a brick will be inscribed and used in the construction of a donor wall. Many praises to the good hearted people of SOS!