Prior to the Desert Museum's Raptor Free Flight program a docent was showing the skulls and talons of some of the birds we were going to see in flight. She pointed out the disproportionate size of the eye sockets in relation to the skull. These large eyes provide the raptors with incredible vision so that they can spot a snack from very long distances. You can run, little field mouse, but you can't hide! Scroll down for the previous two days to see the beautiful Barn Owl and the gorgeous Harris Hawk.
I'm a transplanted New Yorker who loves the Tucson climate. On New Year's Day I have a bit of fun calling my (snowbound) east coast friends to announce that I'm drinking coffee while sitting on my patio. (: