The Hodder Memorial Recreational Complex in Deer Lake was the site of four shows hosted by the Canadian Raptor Conservancy as a stop on a provincewide tour. During the show an informative demonstration on birds of prey in flight included a great horned owl, a red-tailed hawk, a turkey vulture, a bald eagle and an American kestrel. The event also included Little Ray's Reptile Zoo, that brought along a snapping turtle, an iguana, a python and an American alligator
After the show the audience got an opportunity to see the birds and reptiles up close and to ask the handlers questions.
Here, Charles Rubia gets up close to the red-tail hawk as they looked each other in the eye the hawk's handler answered Charles' questions.
Joel James who is visiting the area from Labrador, and a pet bird owner himself, was inquiring about the tiny four-year-old American kestrel, which is one of the smallest hawks.