Up Close with Birds of Prey

Excitement builds as I extend the leather glove and call “Enkidu! Enkidu!” From the far side of the circle, Enkidu, an Aplomado falcon, spreads his wings, takes flight and deftly lands on my glove. I’m in awe of this beautiful bird of prey. It is surreal, thinking about his ethereal abilities — speed, flight, keen eyesight — it is like having a small superhero perched on my hand. Enkidu’s beak grabs a tiny piece of ground quail off the glove, his reward for flying to me, and makes a happy chirping sound as he affectionately walks up my arm, rests on my shoulder and looks me in the eye.