In January 2020, I had the pleasure of attending a Houston Audubon Raptor Photography Shoot. I found the program and registered without doing much research, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. When I arrived, however, my mind was blown. Over the course of two hours, the Houston Audubon team brought out eight different birds. It was a small crowd, so I was able to get up close and photograph these magnificent birds in a semi-natural setting, Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary.
Overall, I had the chance to photograph four owl species, three different raptors, and one swallow. Unfortunately, these birds are to remain in captivity for the remainder of their lives for various reasons, including injuries and the inability to hunt in the wild. However, they have a full-time job – to help educate the public about the importance of bird conservation. This was an amazing experience and I would jump on the opportunity to do it again in a heartbeat. All images below were taken during the Houston Audubon Raptor Photography Shoot.