Last week, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to take the "portrait" of a very special someone.
The above owl, is one of several birds of prey working at the Montage resort in Laguna Beach. The Montage is a very fancy, super exclusive, outrageously expensive, drop-dead gorgeous resort here in South Orange County.
The resort spends (supposedly?) around $1,000 per day for a falconer to bring his birds to hang-out (work?) several days each week.
Having the raptors visibly present at the resort, scares seagulls away. It's considered a humane way to rid the grounds of the general peskiness, and messiness, of seagulls.
(For those of you who have never spent time by the ocean, seagulls will "steal" food right off your plate, are very messy, and a general nuisance for beach-goers.)
The various birds of prey do get to fly, they aren't always tied to their perches as they are in my photos. They have constant access to water and are treated well, as they should be.
Guests love to see the birds up close. They ask the falconer questions about his raptors continuously. The falconer, and his birds, are a huge point of interest for tourists. (They've even appeared in newspapers and on TV.)
I loved having the opportunity to photograph these beautiful birds.
If I was a seagull, I wouldn't want to mess with them either.
These birds give a whole new meaning to "hotel security."
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